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2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSAC2) 2015, 30 – 31 July 2015

 Information Note


Meeting Venue: The workshop is scheduled to take place from 30-31 July in UNON Conference Room 2 which is located in the UNEP Headquarters, UN Complex, UN Gigiri along Gigiri Avenue, off Limuru Road. 

 Accommodation and Transport: This conference is happening the same week as the upcoming   Sixth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in which several Heads of State including President Obama is to attend. It is probable that hotels and logistical issues could be a considerable issue. We urgently urge you to reserve your accommodation before the 17th of April, 2015. All participants should make their own hotel reservations for their stay in Nairobi.  Please find attached list of recommended hotels and guest houses. The rates are based on negotiated UN rates.

 In additional participants should make their own transport arrangement from the airport to the hotels and vice versa, and also to the UN Complex for the Conference.

 Banks in Nairobi: Most of the larger shops, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards such as Visa, American Express and Master Card.  Cards linked to overseas accounts can also be used to withdraw currency at the ATMs of the major local banks.  However, cases of credit card fraud have been reported.  You may prefer to use cash, or if using a credit card, do not let it out of your sight while charges are processed.  Foreign Exchange transactions can be made in any bank, bureau, or at ATMs but caution should be exercised when using ATMs.

 Most of the major banks are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays.  Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) at the UN Gigiri Complex offers a special ‘late service’ until 4 p.m. on weekdays.  Barclays Bank, National Bank of Kenya and Transnational Bank all have branches in the International Arrivals Hall at JKIA, which offer 24-hour money changing services seven days a week.  The United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) has a permanent liaison office on the Lower Concourse at the UN Gigiri Complex.  The branch also has an ATM offering US Dollars to holders of major credit cards. 

 Visa, Immigration and Health Requirements: It is advisable that participants obtain their visas before commencing travel. However, there are selected nationalities that are permitted to obtain visas upon arrival at the airport, at the cost of US$50. Please find attached guidelines which are self-explanatory.  However, participants from the following countries (referred countries) will need to apply for their visas in advance before commencing travel:  Cameroon, and Mali.  All information is contained in the attached guidelines. 

 Yellow fever vaccination is a requirement and proof of vaccination may be required upon departure/arrival.

 Security: Nairobi, regrettably, like many other large cities has its share of crime.  Therefore, you are advised to exercise caution (i.e. avoid walking on lonely streets, do not wear flashy and/or expensive jewelry, watches, etc. while out of the UN Complex or hotel.

 When visiting UN Gigiri on the first day of the conference you will be required to carry an identification document which in this case will be your passport to facilitate your entry into the UN Complex. Thereafter, you will be provided with a conference badge which you will be required to display at all times when within the UN Complex.

 Weather:  July is the cold season in Nairobi with short rains.  However, with the weather fluctuations, we advise that you carry clothing for both warm and cold weather.

We wish you a safe journey to Nairobi, safe stay and fruitful workshop.

For further information please contact:

Teresa Khasakhala        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; +254 20 762 4242

Richard Munang           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; +254 20 762 5727

Anne Nyoro                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: +254 20 762 1368

Sylvia Munuhe             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: +254 20 762 5178



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About the Conference

The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development?