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F&L Geneva @ United Nations

17 - 19 November 2021
Conference Agenda
Health, travel & costs
Who will attend?
Why attend?

Welcome back!  

On 17-19 November 2021, we invite you to join F&L for an extraordinary opportunity to meet a wide community of invited logistic & supply chain leaders, experts, practitioners, thought-leaders and innovators.  Hosted by the United Nations, we will meet in person and online in Geneva.

Over two days, this very practical agenda tackles congestion, disruption, global trends, and how we are going to work together across end-to-end logistics and supply chain so that we can adapt to the big demands that “tomorrow” brings. 

The annual UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport will be launched at F&L’s meeting.


Transformation for a better tomorrow – new rules, new priorities, new partners

Wednesday 17 Nov

Location: conference  hotel
Time: from 15:00 CET (join on arrival)

Knowledge sharing & networking

  • LogTech innovators, short workshops, demos & events
  • Discussion at the bar: harnessing innovation & new ways of working (innovators & workshops)
  • Networking dinner

Thursday 18 Nov

Location: Palais of the United Nations, Geneva
Time: 09:15 – 17:00

New “rules” and challenges for freight logistics – where are we today?

  • Welcome: why are we at the UN?
  • Change is accelerating – practitioner / expert / institutions / audience
    • Trends & scene setting: outlook 2021-25
    • Impact for freight & logistics sector & actions 
  • Positioning our logistics & supply chain operations – where does my business add value to my ecosystems?
    • Frontrunners: insight on combining growth strategies with environmental wins, net positive & the regenerative SC journey
    • Experts: what does net zero really mean?

New priorities & business models: positioning supply chain & logistics to deliver transformation

 Themes: A. preferred customer/supplier, B. technology: signal manoeuvre, C. regulations, D. people, skills, shortages & leadership, E. global collaboration required all E2E stakeholders

  • Congestion & disruption as an illustrative example
  • Full audience discussion – what can we do 4 months, 4 quarters, 4 years?

Friday 19 Nov

Location: Palais of the United Nations, Geneva
Time: 09:15 – 12:00

Roadmap: new partners, changing alliances, route / mode shifts, leveraging innovation

  • Inspiration
  • Problem solving & optimising every corner of our operations
    • Mode & route: shifts & new options
    • Digitalisation & data-driven decisions  
    • People: inc shortages, skills, leadership
    • Energy transition
    • Tech: are hands-free supply chains for today?

Optional: lunch & possible behind-the-scenes UN tour with the United Nations Trade Development Team.

The agenda drives a more collaborative approach for all logistics and supply chain stakeholders across the European continent – including regulators, financiers and policymakers – to come together for inclusive open discussions where everyone sits at the same table.  Leaders at the
 World Economic Forum, World Meteorological Organisation, European Commission & World Trade Organisation will participate.

Register using 'register' tab above

Schedule & timings (CET)

Wednesday 17 Nov

  • 15:00 – 17:30, LogTech innovators, short workshops, demos & events
  • 17:30 – 17:45, discussion at the bar – harnessing innovation & new ways of working
  • 19:30 – networking dinner & bar
  • Please note that both of these events are held in the conference hotel

Thursday 18 Nov

  • 08:30 – leaving hotel for short transfers to Palais of the United Nations (coffee & networking on arrival)
  • Conference in the Palais of the United Nations
  • 17:00 – short transfers back to hotel for drinks
  • 19:30 – dinner event

Friday 19 Nov 

  • 09:00 – coffee in UN
  • Conference in the Palais of the United Nations
  • 12:00 – close
  • Optional lunch & possible behind-the-scenes tour

Booking your hotel room

For international participants, we have taken exclusive use of a hotel on the shores on Lake Geneva, minutes from the United Nations and offering good prices, open networking spaces and outstanding views.  The conference hotel is also our venue for the 17th November programme (see above).  You will receive details of how to book when you have registered (click register tab above).

Travelling to the conference

  • Flights – the F&L hotel can be reached by public transport directly from Geneva airport (40-60 minutes).  Free public transport tickets can be obtained from the arrivals hall in the airport.
  • Driving – there is plenty of underground parking at the hotel and you will not need to use your car during the conference.  Daily parking rate applicable.
  • Parking is not available at the United Nations.  We plan to take a short overland train journey between the hotel & the UN (< 10 minutes) but you will also be able to make your own arrangements as long as you are able to enter the UN at the right time.


Costs per person 

  • Full conference – €400 member companies
  • Full conference – non-members are usually asked to contribute  €1,299 (F&L is not-for-profit)
  • Wednesday networking dinner €50 
  • Sponsors have separate arrangements
  • €0 manufacturer attending for the first time (by arrangement)

Online only costs

  • Still under review.  Please ask if you are unsure.


We are following Swiss and Geneva recommendations to ensure a healthy and safe event for all participants.  From 13 September, a covid certificate will be required to join this meeting in person.  The covid certificate is available to anyone who is a) vaccinated from covid, b) recovered, or c) who has tested negative and the certificate can be presented using the app or on paper.  Further info.

All participants need to review their own guidelines regarding travel into Switzerland.


Please ask about anything at all if you are unsure.

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    F&L hotel accommodation
    For a hotel booking link, please contact [email protected]

    We are excited to welcome a range of leaders to the F&L programme to share insight, expertise and to stimulate audience discussion.

    Please check back frequently as further further speakers will be shown on this page.

    The international F&L Forum engages business leaders and decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.  All discussions are focused around freight logistics.  All companies with or serving a supply chain, regardless of industry or transport modes being used, are welcome to join.

    A list of participants will be shown on this page, but in the meantime, participants of F&L’s in-person meeting in Nov 2019 included:

    A2B Online Container
    Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance
    ALIS (Logistic Association of Sustainable Intermodality)
    Amber Road
    Arcese Trasporti
    Baltic Rail
    Billiet & Co
    BJ Solutions
    BLS Cargo
    Bulk Logistic Solutions
    Burgo Group
    C. H. Robinson Europe
    Cabot Corporation
    Chemical Express
    CHEP Europe
    CLdN Cargo
    Combined Cargo Terminals
    DFDS Logistics
    DHL Global Forwarding
    Direct Rail Services
    ECS European Containers
    Electrolux Italia
    European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
    Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone
    Francesco Parisi Group
    Freight Leaders’ Council Italy
    Geba Trans
    Government Italian Republic
    Grimaldi Group
    Hafen Hamburg Marketing
    HHLA Estonia
    Hupac Intermodal
    i-Point Systems
    Ineos Styrolution Europe
    Intesa Sanpaolo
    Invista Resins & Fibers
    Klaipėda Free Economic Zone
    Klaipėda ID
    Kuehne Logistics University
    Kühne + Nagel Estonia
    LKW-Walter International
    MBS Logistics
    Mondi Group
    Move Intermodal
    N+P Group
    Plymouth University
    Port of Antwerp
    Port of Valencia
    Ports of Naples & Salerno
    Pronk Consultancy
    Propeller Club
    Rhenus Port Logistics
    SABIC Petrochemicals
    Samskip Multimodal
    SBB Cargo International
    SRM Maritime Observatory
    Stena Line
    Stora Enso
    Tim Consult
    Transfesa Logistics
    Transped Europe
    TT Club
    Unit 45
    Universidad de los Andes
    Vlantana Group
    Vos Bulk Logistics
    VTG Rail Europe
    World Economic Forum
    World Food Programme

    With thanks to:




    Further sponsors will be confirmed in due course; please get in touch if you are interested.

    Who is this meeting for?  This event is for business leaders and decision-makers in manufacturing, retail, supply, all modes of logistics, ports, technology companies including startups, insurance, finance, academics, NGOs, policymakers, politicians and experts.  In other words, all those who are actively working in or with the international supply chain and logistics.

    Why is this international group coming to the Geneva?

    • We are in Geneva at the invitation of the United Nations Trade & Development team to discuss current supply chain and logistics issues and international trade.  
    • Switzerland has an important network of manufacturer organisations as well as international institutions whom we can all learn from and collaborate with.
    • Participants in the F&L network continuously develop their networks and thinking, and meetings are an important element of that.

    Why should I attend?  Discussing trade and supply chain strategy in an open, professional and social atmosphere so that we can listen and learn from each other is a strong fundament for further growth.  

    You will find excellent speakers, top quality content, a chance to engage with peers and experts on topics which are helpful to “building your better 2021-25”, and further opportunity to talk to entrepreneurs. Together we are significant players across the Eurasian continent, and together we can progress faster than we can alone.

    What is F&L?  F&L is an active international non-profit Forum.  We bring a diverse range of stakeholders across Council of Europe 47 countries to discuss international trade and the global supply chain.  We do not lobby, as that would imply that there is one right answer.

    What can I expect?  You will not hear speakers trying to sell, or sharing long complex plans for their company’s development.  You will:

    • Listen and contribute to open discussions throughout the meeting (no-one can be quoted outside the room).
    • Be welcome to contribute your ideas and questions throughout.  This is a meeting where the audience contributes as much to the debate as the speakers.
    • Engage in informal networking with senior business leaders and practitioners.

    Is there anyone who may not attend?  Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions are open throughout the meeting.