Rio Centro Convention Center
Dates and venue of the Conference
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (or Rio +20) will be held from 20 to 22 June at the Riocentro Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The address of the Riocentro Convention Center is as follows:
Avenida Salvador Allende 6555
Rio de Janeiro
The Convention Center is situated in BarradaTijuca, Rio de Janeiro, approximately 50 minutes by freeway from the center of Rio de Janeiro and a 40-minute drive from Rio de Janeiro International Airport.
The Conference will be preceded by the third session of the Preparatory Committee meeting, to be held from 13 to 15 June 2012, also at the Riocentro Convention Center. The proposed programme of work for the Third Preparatory Committee meeting is available here.
Access and accreditation
Access to the conference site and conference rooms will be granted upon presentation of a valid United Nations conference pass issued by the United Nations. Participants holding a conference pass are subject to screening at the main entrance of the Riocentro Convention Center.
Major Groups Pavilion
There will be a Pavilion and working area in the Riocentro Convention Center for NGOs and other major groups. The Pavilion will have a general meeting area, and smaller working rooms for working meetings available upon request; the area will also have a copier and a few computers. This pavilion will be accessible during regular conference hours.
More info on: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/logistics.html
The main public transportation in Rio is the bus. The cost is around 3 R$ per ticket. There are also two metro lines. If you need any information regarding public transportation in Rio, you can go to the following website: http://www.vadeonibus.com.br/vadeonibus/index.php?d=home&lang=en
All legal cabs are yellow with a blue stripe painted on the sides. Taxis not designed like this are special service cars (to the airport or bus stations) or illegal. Rio taxis are not too expensive on a kilometre basis but distances can be quite considerable. A journey from Zona Sul to the Centro will cost around R$20, and from the airport to Copacabana is around R$50 for example
Special shuttle services will be offered by the Government of Brazil to representatives of Member States, intergovernmental organizations, the UN system, major groups and media between airports and hotel areas, and hotel areas and Riocentro from 12 to 23 June 2012. A valid Conference access pass will be required to access this service. Prior to obtaining a Conference pass, the following proof of identity will be accepted:
- Representatives of Member States or inter- governmental organizations: A diplomatic passport, UN grounds pass, embassy ID, an 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 the major groups: a valid ID together with a copy of the confirmation letter from the United Nations confirming registration in the Conference
- Representatives of media: a valid ID together with a copy of the e-mail from the United Nations approving participation in the Conference.
See Shuttle bus schedule here. Questions about transportation should be forwarded to the Rio+20 National Organizing Committee at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generally if you don't leave the "Zona Sul" (which includes Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Gávea, Jardim Botânico, Flamengo, Laranjeiras, Botafogo, Urca) or Western Suburbs (Barra, Recreio) there is no major risk of incidents but Rio can still be a dangerous city. Some tips:
- Try to avoid the downtown area (centro) after dark and on Sundays
- Be very careful on Copacabana at night
- Never go to a beach at night
- Avoid wearing jewelry or other signs of wealth (iPods, fancy cell phones/mobiles, digital cameras, etc.)
- Should you find yourself being mugged, never try to resist, don’t look at the muggers in the eyes and give them what the want (wallet, bag, camera…)
- Never go to a favela area by yourself
- The subway and buses in the South Area are fairly safe
Medical clinics and hospitals in Rio de Janeiro that accept international traveler´s health insurance:
- The Tourist Doctor, Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 605/406, Copacabana, tel: 3596-1222. English speaking doctors, offering 24 hour care l.
- Galdino Campos Clinic, Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 492, Copacabana, tel: 2548-9966. 24 hours, 7 days a week. All specialties. Accepts most traveler's insurance or health plans. Home-care visit at hotels and hostels also available.
RioCentro Convention Centre