Updated details on the venue, transportation and accreditation info have just been added here. Updated 1150 GMT.
All roads around Riocentro will be closed by the Brazilian Army for Rio+20 delegates ONLY.
Therefore anyone with accreditation to the official Rio+20 conference, can take any form of transportation to Riocentro or Athlete’s Park, but please come early as there will be severe delays. The Athlete’s Park opens at 11.00am.
All others must take one of the shuttle services as outlined below. Anyone who is Rio+20 accredited are advised to take the large buses. Other World Green Summit delegates are advised to take the smaller mini-buses.
1. THE VENUE
- Rio de Janeiro Government Pavilion, Olympics Athlete’s Park, Cidade do Rock, (Opposite the Rio Centro), Avenida Salvador Allende, 6555, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22780-160, Brazil. For location map details please click here.
- Registration at the Pavilion opens at 12.30pm. The Summit will start at 1.45pm with introductory announcements.
2. ACCREDITATION, TRANSPORT AND DOCUMENTATION NEEDED
- IMPORTANT! Due to additional security measures in place on June 20, all delegates and speakers are advised to take a special shuttle service to the Olympic Athlete’s Park (Parque dos Atletas). There will be road closures around the venue. Only those who have pre-registered will be able to gain accreditation at the transfer points and use the shuttle service.
- IMPORTANT! Please bring this letter of confirmation to the accreditation / transfer point.
- IMPORTANT! Please bring your passport as identification.
3. SHUTTLE BUS LOCATIONS
Anyone who is Rio+20 accredited are advised to take the large buses.
Other World Green Summit delegates are advised to take the smaller mini-buses.
- Shuttle from Siqueira Campos Station, Copacabana – accreditation from 0800; Buses will depart once an hour at 0900, 1000, 1100 and 1200.
- Shuttle from Detran Barra da Tijuca – accreditation from 0900; Shuttle service starting at 1000 and running until 1300.
- Shuttle from Detran Barra da Tijuca (SPEAKERS ONLY) – please arrive 15mins before departure. Buses will depart at 0730 and 0930. Speakers can also take any of the other shuttles at other locations.
- Shuttle from Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, Ipanema (OFFICIAL RIO+20 DELEGATIONS ONLY) – accreditation from 0830. Buses depart at 0900 and 1200.
- Return shuttle services - The return shuttles will depart from the Athlete’s Park from 1600 until 1900.
4. UPDATED PROGRAMME
- Please visit the website for full updated programme details: http://worldgreensummit.org/about/programme.
5. ANY URGENT QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:
20 June 2012 – Rio de Janeiro – United Nations Foundation Founder & Chairman Ted Turner, Danish Prime Minister & holder of the EU Presidency Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Founder of Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson are to take part today in a ‘Green Icons’ panel at the World Green Summit in parallel to the formal Rio+20 talks.
At 5pm today, these three Green Icons will discuss their personal experiences and the role of business, philanthropy and politics in creating sustainable green economies to complement the outcomes of the Rio + 20 negotiations.
June 20, 2012 (via bangkokpost.com) World leaders open a UN summit Wednesday where they are set to endorse a blueprint for eradicating poverty and protecting the environment that critics insist is a threadbare compromise.
Some 92 leaders, including the host, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and UN chief Ban Ki-moon are attending the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development.
The high-profile event comes 20 years after Rio’s first Earth Summit, when nations vowed to roll back climate change, desertification and species loss.
The meeting is set to get under way at 10:00 am (1300 GMT) with the screening of a short film titled “State of the Planet” and a statement by the UN secretary general.
Some 191 speakers are expected to take the floor until Friday, when leaders will close the 10-day UN conference by giving their seal of approval to a 53-page document agreed by their negotiators Tuesday.
Not everyone was upbeat about the hard-fought draft.
“Nobody in that room adopting the text was happy. That’s how weak it is. And they all knew,” the European Union’s commissioner for climate change, Connie Hedegaard, said on the micro-blogging website Twitter. Continue Reading>>
June 20, 2012 (via guardian.co.uk) More than 150 world leaders and ministers kick off the Rio+20 Earth Summit on Wednesday amid widespread disappointment about the strategy they will adopt to put the global economy on a more sustainable path.
The mega-conference was billed as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to rebalance the needs of the economy, society and environment, but the deal reached by advance negotiators was immediately criticised as too weak to be effective.
It included a limited upgrade to the UN Environment Programme, outlined the benefits of a green economy, promised to do more to protect the world’s oceans and launched a process to establish sustainable development goals. Continue Reading >>
June 19, 2012 (via clickgreen.org.uk) Cities around the world have identified the economic benefits from tackling the effects of climate change, according to a new report released today by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
The CDP study found 82% of cities are tapping into the potential for growth as a result of climate change adaptation and more than half of cities are looking to create green jobs and new business initiatives.
However, despite the substantial prospects for green growth, just under a third of the cities that participated in the global survey expect new sources of funding for tackling climate change.
The report, published today, presents a global snapshot of the activities, challenges and opportunities facing cities as a result of climate change. Continue Reading >>
June 19, 2012 (via washingtonpost.com) Four dozen of the world’s largest cities have taken steps to cut 248 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, according to a report issued Tuesday, an announcement aimed at demonstrating that environmental progress can continue in the absence of a broad international climate agreement.
The news, which New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver along with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes at this week’s Rio+20 Earth Summit, highlights the fractured policymaking landscape that defines environmental issues today. While more than 130 world leaders will try to hammer out a negotiated statement in Rio by week’s end about their sustainable development goals, many of the concrete steps are being taking by community leaders. Continue Reading>>
June 18, 2012 (via scidev.net) [RIO DE JANEIRO] The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has launched a consultation with developing countries on green growth — just as these countries have been criticising the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) negotiations for being disproportionately dominated by the idea.
The consultation, ‘Green Growth and Developing Countries’, was launched yesterday (17 June) at the Fair Ideas Forum, a Rio+20 side event, organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development. Continue Reading >>
Please note: due to extremely high demand the registration for the World Green Summit @ Rio+20, 20 June, 2012 is now closed. All successful delegates booked up until the 14th June should be in receipt of a confirmation delegate joining instruction email. For further information click for the location details, programme, speaker profiles, media, and side events.
We invite others to join us via live webcast on the day and to join the conversation via twitter @wgsummit #wgsummit.
June 18, 2012 (via eco-business.com) Korea plans to showcase its green-growth policies and experiences at a UN meeting on sustainable development this week, officials said Sunday.
Headed by President Lee Myung-bak, the Korean delegation will participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, better known as Rio+20, to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22.
“Rio+20 will create crucial momentum for the world to move toward ‘green growth,’ as it brings together world leaders and civil society to shape a shared vision for the future,” Environmental Minister Yoo Young-sook said through a press statement. Continue Reading >>