Brazil and UN Sign Host Country Agreement for Rio+20

5 April 2012: The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Sha Zukang, and the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, have signed the agreement that allows Brazil to host Rio+20 in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

The host country agreement, which was signed at the Rio+20 Conference Secretariat, will govern the logistics for the Conference and the pre-Conference meetings that will be held at the Riocentro Exhibition and Convention Center.

These include a preparatory conference to be held from 13-15 June, three days devoted to civil society dialogues on key issues to be held from 16-18 June, and the Rio+20 Conference that runs from 20-22 June 2012. The official transfer of the Conference site to UN jurisdiction will take place on 5 June. Over 50,000 people are expected to participate in the Conference and related events, including more than 135 vice presidents and prime ministers. [UN Press Release]