“For ten days, Rio will be the centre of the world,” says the diplomat Laudemar Aguiar, responsible for the logistics of the
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.
&The Brazilian Government wants the event to be the largest conference of the UN history surpassing the
Copenhagen Summit of 2009 in attendance. Aguiar predicts the presence of 150 Heads of State and a total of
50,000 visitors, including diplomats, journalists, businessmen, politicians and environmental activists.
Reception teams will welcome official delegations
at the international airports of Rio de Janeiro, São
Paulo, Brasília, Manaus, Recife, and Porto Alegre. Other
international airports may be added, depending on the
number of Heads of State or Government entering Brazil
Upon arrival in Brazil, foreign officials will receive
expedited customs and immigration clearance as long as
their arrival and departure data have been informed by
Note Verbale at least five business days in advance.
Reception teams will welcome delegations at the
following airports in Rio de Janeiro: Antonio Carlos
Jobim International Airport (GIG) and Santos Dumont
In Rio de Janeiro, special shuttle services will be offered
by the Brazilian government to representatives of
Member States, intergovernmental organizations, the
UN system and media between airports and hotels,
and hotels to Riocentro, from 12 to 23 June 2012. A valid
Conference pass will be required to access this service.
Prior to obtaining a Conference pass, the following proof
of identification will be accepted:
Representatives of Member States or intergovernmental
organizations: diplomatic passport, embassy ID, official
letter of credentials or official letter of participation
issued by governments or organizations;
Representatives of the UN system: a valid UN Laissez-
Passer or grounds pass;
Representatives of media: a valid ID together with a
copy of the e-mail from the United Nations approving
participation in the Conference.
In addition to parking places for the official convoy, up
to four places in the Riocentro area will be available for
delegations led by Heads of State or Government, and up
to two places for other official delegations. Accordingly,
participants are encouraged to use the shuttle service
instead of automobiles whenever possible, which would
also promote the Conference theme of sustainability.
Further questions about transportation should be
forwarded to the Rio+20 CNO at rio20.transporte@
Main venue: riocentro
Riocentro is the official
site of the United
Development. It is
located on Avenida
Salvador Allende, nº
6.555, Barra da Tijuca, Rio
Riocentro is a convention
center with five
totaling 100,000 m2,
within a total area of 571,000 m2. A temporary pavilion
will also be added for side events.
In 1992, with only three pavilions, Riocentro hosted
the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (1992 Earth Summit).
During the Rio+20 Conference, the Riocentro area will
be under the responsibility of the United Nations; only
those previously accredited by the UN will be able to
enter this area.
Pavilion 1: participants entrance; accreditation area for
the press and official delegates.
Pavilion 2: food court and other services.
Pavilion 3: media centre and conference rooms.
Pavilion 4: arrival area of convoys whose Heads of
Delegation are not Heads of State or Government; VIP
lounge for Brazilian and foreign authorities; room for
bilateral meetings of officials who are not Heads of
State or Government; delegation support offices; two
ecumenical rooms for meditation (one for women and
one for men); an auditorium seating 272 people.
Pavilion 5: arrival area for convoys of Heads of State
or Government; exclusive VVIP lounge for Heads of
State or Government; plenary hall: participation in
plenary sessions will be limited to six delegates per
country, who will be seated in two rows of three seats
each, as in plenary sessions of the United Nations
Temporary pavilion: representatives of the major
groups accredited by the UN will occupy the temporary
pavilion, between Pavilions 1 and 2; this area will be
used for side events such as conferences, seminars,
Athletes’ Park, located
across the street from
Riocentro, will host
pavilions from member
countries, United Nations
agencies, and the Brazilian
government, in addition to
other activities related to
Racing Circuit (Aut ódromo de
During the Conference
the racing circuit will be a
major area for exhibitions,
events, and civil
(Arena da Barra)
The Arena will host
civil society activities
and serve as a venue
for registration and other
activities, in addition to
Flamengo Park (Parque do
Civil society activities will
be held at the Park under
the responsibility of the
Civil Society Steering
Committee for the Rio+20.
The Summit for the
Peoples will be one of
Modern Art Museum (Museu De Arte
Moderna) and Vivo Rio Located in the gardens of Flamengo Park, the MAM’s
facilities will hold an exhibition about sustainable
development, as well as a biodiversity fair. The area
surrounding MAM will host government and civil society
activities. Vivo Rio, a 200-seat a theatre adjacent to the
MAM, will hold civil society activities and serve as a
Mauá Pier (Píer Mauá ) and Citizenship
Action Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Ação da Cidadania)
Mauá Pier will be the setting of government-hosted
exhibitions on sustainable technologies, among others.
The Citizenship Warehouse will host activities related to
cultural and social inclusion.
For more information on the conference, see: