For Media

Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: or or

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.

  • Published on: 23 Jun 2012
  • Source: UN Department of Public Information

Rio+20 in Numbers
Over nine days (13 to 22 June), thousands of events were held in the lead-up to and during Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, throughout Rio de Janeiro, including more than 500 official and side events at the Riocentro Convention Center, where the conference was held. Rio+20 was the biggest UN conference ever held, with broad participation of leaders from Government, business and civil society, as well as UN officials, academics, journalists and the general public. Below are some key figures from Rio+20.

• More than $513 billion mobilized in commitments for sustainable development, including in the areas of energy, transport, green economy, disaster reduction, desertification, water, forests and agriculture.
• 692 voluntary commitments for sustainable development registered by governments, business, civil society groups, universities and others.

Over 100 Governments were represented at the Head of State level; participants included 57 Heads of State,
8 Vice-Presidents, 31 Heads of Government and 9 Deputy Prime Ministers. Additionally, 487 Ministers attended.

Number of side events held inside Riocentro (13-22 June): 498

Number of voluntary commitments: 713 (as of 26 June)

Riocentro Event Space

• Total area of Riocentro: 571,000 m˛, of which 100,000 m˛ was constructed for Rio+20.
• 205 km fiber optic cable network.
• Wireless Internet access for up to 32,000 concurrent users.
• 8 km of telephone cables.
• More than 5,000 ICT assets (computers, network equipment).
• Network capacity equivalent to a city of 120,000 inhabitants.
• Shared infrastructure of 600 workstations.
• 17 restaurants in the food court.
• 36 X-ray portals.

Transportation to Riocentro

• About 350 buses transported accredited participants.
• Seven bus lines connected from Center, South Zone and Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro to Riocentro.
• Two lines connected from Rio de Janeiro’s two airports to area hotels.

Athlete’s Park

• Across from Riocentro, an exhibition area, open to the general public, was created at Athlete’s Park to showcase sustainable development practices, featuring exhibits by 57 countries (total area of 7,000 m˛) and 33 international organizations and specialized agencies (total area of 1,305 m˛).


• According to the Brazilian Association of Hotels in Rio de Janeiro, the occupancy rate of hotels was 95 per cent during the nine days.

Access to Information:

• 161 totems (electronic information points) were installed in major hotels, airports and other locations around the city with information on the event, tips for tourism in the city, transport options, the Conference agenda, maps and other information services, all in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Sources: United Nations and the Brazilian National Organizing Committee for Rio+20

For more information on Rio+20, visit

To join the global conversation on Rio+20: The Future We Want, visit


For more information, please contact Dan Shepard, tel: +55 (21) 8921 8472, email ; Wynne Boelt, tel +55 (21) 8921 8475, email; or Gustavo Barreto, +55(21) 8185 0582, email, UN Department of Public Information

Issued by the UN Department of Public Information
Copyright (c) United Nations 2011 | Terms of Use | Privacy Notice | Contact | Site Map | New