Rio Conference Blog

6 to 20: Exploring Riocentro

0 Comments 14 Juni 2012

People warned me about going to Riocentro, the official conference site.  It takes at least two hours to get there, you will wait for ages to pick up your conference badge, and on the way back be prepared to be stuck in traffic for hours. To sum up, it is all a big hassle!

I guess, I am a lucky girl. I only needed one hour to get there, waited in line 10 minutes to get my grounds pass, and enjoyed a comfortable ride back to the city which only took about 90 minutes. Moreover, Brazilians seem to be pretty organized and very helpful. When I waited for the shuttle bus there even was a friendly conference volunteer who gave me sightseeing tips and made sure I got on the right bus. The bus ride also offered no reason to complain, as you can see here;)

A feeling of excitement overcame me when I entered the conference center.

The conference center is humongous and I only discovered its major part today. More events and exhibitions take place at an arena, a park and a motor racing track nearby.

I enjoyed the calm before the storm, which will arrive next week…

Come on, delegates, this conference site is just too nice to fail!

Although, it reminds me a bit of an American shopping mall. Supermarket, bank, post office, and my favorite bookstore;)

Not very sustainable what I discovered at the food court. Though, this one looks much better.

At least, I’m attending a paper-smart conference! No programs, no statements, no info material printed out for distribution. And it works. Wow!

I also attended two sessions today where I learned interesting things which I would like to share with you.

At the side-event for youth participation organized by Sri Lanka, I learned that the chances for an ombudsperson for future generations to be integrated in the Rio+20 outcome document are actually not too bad.

The Sustainable Development Learning Course on the “footprint family”, which was conducted by the WWF, was also very insightful. Did you know that 40 litres of water are used for one slice of bread? A regular café latte – comprising coffee, milk, sugar, water, a lid, a cup, energy – means 208 liters of water used per cup. Pretty revealing, and a real bummer for all coffee- and bread-lovers!


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