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                                                       ITH/06/1.COM/CONF.204/INF.1
Distribution: limited                                  PARIS, 11 November 2006
                                                       Original: French




              UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL,
         SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION




     INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE
SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE


                          First session
             Algiers, Algeria, 18-19 November 2006

                 GENERAL INFORMATION



      This document provides information on the travel to Algiers,
      the venue, compulsory visas, travel and accommodation,
      registration forms and general information.

             Information is also available on the Internet at:
              http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich_convention
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                                              –3–


                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS


1.   PURPOSE OF THE SESSION
     1.1   States Members of the Committee
     1.2   Functions of the Committee
     1.3   Invitation from Algeria

2.   ALGERIAN ORGANIZERS AND SECRETARIAT OF THE SESSION
     2.1   Host country
     2.2   Organizers of the session

3.   PROGRAMME AND RELATED EVENTS
     3.1  Programme of the first session of the Intergovernmental Committee
     3.2  Events

4.   VISA AND INSURANCE, TRAVEL                INFORMATION,   AIRPORT     CONNECTIONS,
     ACCOMMODATION
     4.1   Visa and insurance
     4.2   Travel information
     4.3   Airport arrivals and connections


5.   VENUE OF THE SESSION

6.   PARTICIPANTS, REGISTRATION, SECURITY
     6.1    Participants
     6.2    Registration
     6.3    Security

7.   CONFERENCE SERVICES AND FACILITIES
     7.1   Public office space
     7.2   Medical and health services
     7.3   Restaurant services

8.   GENERAL INFORMATION
     8.1   Overview of Algiers
     8.2   Local transport
     8.3   Currency and foreign exchange
     8.4   Electricity
     8.5   Telephone
     8.6   Time difference
     8.7   Weather
     8.8   Credit cards
     8.9   Taxes
     8.10  Tipping
     8.11  Import of foreign currency
     8.12  Telephone service
     8.13  Driving licence
                                                  –4–


1.     PURPOSE OF THE SESSION

1.1    The General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the
       Intangible Cultural Heritage elected, on 29 June 2006, 18 Members of the Intergovernmental
       Committee. The first extraordinary session of the General Assembly has elected, on 9
       November 2006, six more States Members of the Intergovernmental Committee.

       The Committee is composed of 24 Members:

       Group I:         Belgium, France, Turkey
       Group II:        Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Romania
       Group III:       Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru
       Group IV:        China, India, Japan, Viet Nam
       Group V(a):      Gabon, Mali, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Senegal
       Group V(b):      Algeria, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates



1.2    The main functions of the Committee, at its first session, will be to:

(i)    adopt its Rules of Procedure; and

(ii)   begin discussions on the outline of operational directives for the implementation of the
       Convention (Article 7 of the Convention), on assistance to the Intergovernmental Committee
       (Article 9), and criteria for the inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural
       Heritage of Humanity.

2.     ALGERIAN ORGANIZERS AND SECRETARIAT OF THE SESSION

2.1    At its first session in June 2006, the General Assembly of States Parties to the 2003
       Convention accepted Algeria’s offer to host the first ordinary session in Algiers..

2.2    The organizers of the session are:

        The Organizing Committee of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Algeria
         Mr S. Oulebsir, Director, Department of Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Culture
         Tel.: 00 213 (0) 21 29 49 52
         Fax: 00 213 (0) 21 29 35 15
         E-mail: smaildce@yahoo.fr


        Permanent Delegation of Algeria to UNESCO
         Mr Kamel Boughaba, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Algeria to
         UNESCO
         Tel.: 00 33 (0) 1 45 68 29 65
         Fax: 00 33 (0) 1 42 19 09 56
         E-mail: dl.algerie@unesco.org

          Intangible Heritage Section of UNESCO, which functions as the secretariat of the
          Convention
          Mr Rieks Smeets, Secretary
          Tel.: 00 33 (0) 1 45 68 45 19
          Fax: 00 33 (0) 1 45 68 57 52
          E-mail: r.smeets@unesco.org
                                                –5–


3.    PROGRAMME AND RELATED EVENTS

3.1   The full programme of work of the session is available on                      the   Internet   at
      www.unesco.org/culture/ich_convention (ITH/06/1.COM/CONF.204/4)

3.2   Events: the Algerian Organizing Committee will hold, on Saturday 18 November 2006, after
      the close of the Committee’s proceedings, a performance of the Ahellil of Gourara, which
      was proclaimed a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in
      2005.


4.    VISA AND INSURANCE, TRAVEL INFORMATION, AIRPORT CONNECTIONS,
      ACCOMMODATION

4.1   Visa and insurance

      Every visitor to Algeria must hold a valid passport and a valid visa when arriving in Algeria.
      Pursuant to Algerian law, visas are not delivered at the airport or at other points of entry into
      the country, but only at Algeria’s embassies and consulates. If there is no Algerian embassy
      or consulate in your country, you must apply for a visa to the Algerian embassy of the
      country that covers your country.

      Please contact an Algerian embassy or consulate for information on visa application
      formalities and required supporting documents. Furthermore, participants must be covered
      by travel insurance before arriving in Algeria. For further information, please visit the web
      page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Algeria at http://www.mae.dz.

4.2   Travel information

      Airport departure taxes vary from one airport to the other, but they are always included in the
      price of the air ticket.

4.3   Airport arrivals and connections

      The Houari Boumediene international airport of Algiers is 15 kilometres away from the centre
      of Algiers and 20 kilometres away from the venue of the session.

      The airport’s telephone number is 00.213.21.50.60.00.

      On arrival at Algiers international airport, delegates should proceed through immigration,
      collect their luggage and go through the green door of the customs clearance area (unless
      they have something to declare).

      There will be a welcome desk at Algiers international airport as from 17 November 2006 to
      assist delegates on arrival. It is of the utmost importance that the organizers be
      informed,     through the      Intangible     Heritage   Section     (h.kyasimire@unesco.org
      o.lehmann@unesco.org, s.zinini@unesco.org), of delegates’ flight details (flight number and
      dates and time of departure and arrival) so that they may assist arriving delegates.

      Aware that delegates are travelling from afar to attend the session, the host country will
      endeavour to ensure that delegates are transferred from Algiers international airport to their
      hotel and back for their departure. Delegates will be assisted at the airport (only on the
      official arrival and departure dates). Delegates should look for the banner of the session of
      the Intergovernmental Committee. For the return journey, transport will be provided on 19
      and 20 November 2006 from the hotels to the airport.
                                               –6–


5.    VENUE OF THE SESSION

      The session will be held at the Conference Centre of the:

      Hôtel Sheraton
      Club des Pins
      Resort and Towers Alger
      B.P. 62 Staoueli
      42000 Tipasa – Alger
      Algérie
      Tél : 00 213 (0)21 377 777
      Fax : 00 213 (0)21 377 700
      www.sheraton.com


      If you would like to make a reservation in the Sheraton Hotel, the Algerian Authorities invite
      you to send an e-mail to samir.ikhlef@sheraton.com, mentioning « Event MAE-
      UNESCO ». For additional information, please contact the Permanent Delegation of Algeria
      to UNESCO (dl.algeria@unesco.org).

      Please find hereafter the rates agreed with the Sheraton Hotel for the participants of the
      meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee :


       Category of Rooms                                    Preferential Rates
                                                  Single                       Double
       Chambre Classique               DA 12.273 (166 US$)           DA 15.248 (205 US$)
       Chambre Club (vue sur mer)      DA 14.438 (195 US$)           DA 17.334 (234 US$)
       Chambre Towers                  DA 18.888 (256 US$)           DA 21.863 (295 US$)
       Suite Junior                    DA 20.534 (277 US$)           DA 23.511 (317 US$)
       Suite Towers                    DA 25.742 (348 US$)           DA 28.717 (388 US$)
       Suite Diplomatique              DA 28.212 (380 US$)           DA 31.160 (420 US$)
       Suite Présidentielle                              DA 112.360 (1517 US$)


      N.B.: Hotels are to be reserved by the participants themselves, who are responsible for
      their subsistence costs.


6.    PARTICIPANTS, REGISTRATION, SECURITY

6.1   Participants

      The primary participants in the Committee’s first session will be the 24 States Members of
           the Committee. States Parties to the Convention that are not States Members of the
           Committee may attend its session as observers;

      Member States or Permanent Observers of UNESCO or of the United Nations that are not
         Parties to the Convention may be permitted by the Committee to attend the session as
         observers, after written request to the Secretariat;

      The United Nations and organizations of the United Nations system, other international
          governmental and non-governmental organizations and non-profit-making institutions
          active in the fields covered by the Convention may be authorized by the Committee to
          attend its session as observers, after written request to the Secretariat;
                                                 –7–


      Private persons with a special interest in the fields covered by the Convention may be
            authorized by the Committee to attend its session as observers, after written request to
            the Secretariat.

6.2   Registration

      Delegates are strongly advised to register with the Secretariat to allow the Organizing
      Committee to make all requisite administrative arrangements and print the badges. They are
      requested to fill in the attached registration form and return it to Ms Hariett Kyasimire
      (h.kyasimire@unesco.org).

      There will also be a registration desk near the conference room at the Sheraton Hotel. Each
      delegate is requested to register before the beginning of the session of the
      Intergovernmental Committee. Once registered, each delegate will be given a badge.

6.3   Security

      Badges are not transferable. For security reasons, delegates are requested to wear their
      badges at all times, during meetings, activities and excursions. Access to the session will be
      denied to anyone who is not accredited officially or who misuses the badge.


7.    CONFERENCE SERVICES AND FACILITIES

7.1   Public office space

      The Algerian Organizing Committee will provide a public office space and a cybercafe for
      participants during the session. The space will be equipped with computers (with Internet
      access) and printers. Staff will be available to provide technical assistance. A WiFi network is
      also available at the Sheraton Hotel.

7.2   Medical and health services

      A medical unit will be available at the venue of the session.

      Participants are informed that vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory for persons
      coming from an endemic or infected area. The usual vaccines are recommended (tetanus,
      poliomyelitis, diphtheria, typhoid and hepatitis).

7.3   Restaurant services

      Restaurant services will be ensured throughout the session, at the venue of the session, for
      all participants with a badge.


8.    GENERAL INFORMATION

8.1   Overview of Algiers

      Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria. With a population of 3 million, greater Algiers
      is home to 10% of the Algerian population. The 230-km² city stretches over some 30
      kilometres. The city is bounded to the north and to the east by the Mediterranean Sea and is
      dominated by the Casbah, the old city.

8.2   Local transport
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      Bus service is available in Algiers, the suburbs and along the coast. Books of ten tickets and
      tickets for one day, a week or more are available. Taxis, all of which are fitted with meters,
      are usually shared. The amount shown on the meter is the standard fare, but further charges
      are added after nightfall. The average fare from the airport to the Sheraton Hotel (venue of
      the session) is US $15.

8.3   Currency and foreign exchange

      Algerian dinar (DA): 100 dinars = €1.06 = US $1.355

      It is advisable to carry euros or US dollars in small denominations.

      Foreign currency may be changed in financial establishments (banks and bureaux de
      change) and at the ports and airports.

8.4   Electricity

      220 volts/50 Hz (same sockets as in France). American and Canadian appliances require an
      adapter, which hotels generally do not provide.

8.5   Telephone

      Callers must dial 00 213 + the regional code (021 for Algiers), followed by the six digits of the
      local number.

8.6   Time difference

      There is no time difference between Algeria and France in winter; the time difference is one
      hour in summer (GMT +1 hour).

8.7   Weather

      Temperature in November:   average minimum: 13°C
                           average maximum: 19°C

8.8   Credit cards

      In Algeria, Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard and American Express credit cards are accepted in
      some hotels.

8.9   Taxes

      A value-added tax of 5% to 17% is charged for most goods and services in Algeria, in
      addition to a tourism tax of DA 20 per day per person.

8.10 Tipping

      In hotels, restaurants, taxis and buses, it is customary to give a tip equivalent to 5% of the
      pre-tax price. Hotel and airport attendants and porters are usually tipped €0.50 per suitcase.

8.11 Import of foreign currency

      Travellers may import an unlimited amount of banknotes and other means of payment. They
      are, however, required to declare in writing (on a customs form) the banknotes, means of
      payment and gold, platinum or silver jewels imported into Algeria.
                                               –9–


     On completion of customs formalities, it is recommended that travellers effect their first
     foreign exchange transactions at the banks installed in the airport or harbour facilities. These
     transactions will be detailed on the currency declaration slip issued to travellers who may be
     required to hand in such slips, together with foreign exchange receipts, when leaving the
     country.

8.12 Telephone service

     Information:                    19
     Claims:                         18
     Telegrams via telephone         13

8.13 Driving licence

     The international driving licence is valid in Algeria. Foreign drivers are required to take out
     special insurance.

				
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