Rio+20 User Guide
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Rio+20: A brief user guide

“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 through them.

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 Airport (SDU).

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@ itamaraty.gov.br

Main venue: riocentro

Riocentro is the official site of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. It is located on Avenida Salvador Allende, nº 6.555, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

Riocentro is a convention center with five interconnected pavilions 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 General Assembly;

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, and presentations.


Athletes’ Park 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 the Conference.

Jacarepaguá Racing Circuit (Aut ódromo de Jacarepaguá ) During the Conference the racing circuit will be a major area for exhibitions, events, and civil society participation.

Barra Arena (Arena da Barra) The Arena will host civil society activities and serve as a venue for registration and other activities, in addition to rebroadcasting events from Riocentro.

Flamengo Park (Parque do Flamengo) 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 those activities.

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 rebroadcasting area.

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: