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Natural Heritage
Preserving the natural patrimony is the most inexpensive and efficient environmental economics. The term natural heritage derives from the French "patrimoine naturel", the totality of natural assets, including those of historical, cultural or scenic beauty. It give us understanding the importance of natural environment: where we came from, what we do and how we will be. Our lives are connected to the landscapes of our daily lives, as well as we keep the memories of places we went. The destruction of these landscapes cause irreversible environmental damage, and are an insult to our memory, causing loss of quality of life.


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Preliminary information for participants*

*as of 1 March 2012. Information contained is subject to the final rules of the Conference

Access and accreditation for non-governmental organizations and other major groups


66. NGOs and other major groups that are eligible for preregistration are those that are:
a) In consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, including those on the roster through the list of the Commission on Sustainable Development.
b) Accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

67. NGOs and other major groups and other accredited organizations can pre-register their representatives for the Conference through the Rio +20 web site at  The deadline for pre-registration is 20 May 2012.

68. When the pre-registration is completed, each nominated representative will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail. That letter serves as an official invitation to the Conference and can be used to apply for a visa to Brazil. 

69. Once pre-registration is closed, on-site registration by representatives of non-accredited NGOs or major groups will  not be accepted. All representatives that intend to attend the Conference must be pre-registered before the deadline of 20 May 2012.

70. Additionally, if a representative of an accredited organization is not able to attend the Conference, he or she cannot be replaced by another representative of the same organization. 

Applications for accreditation

71. Those non-governmental organizations and other major groups who are currently not eligible for preregistration (see para. 66) but who wish to attend and contribute to the Conference may apply to the secretariat for that purpose, in accordance with guidelines available on the Conference website The deadline for submitting accreditation applications is 20 February 2012.

Office hours

72. The United Nations Accreditation Centre will start providing passes to pre-registered NGOs and other major group representatives on 7 June 2012 at the Olympic Arena, located at Avenida Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, 3401 in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, according to the following office hours:

7-11 June  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
12 June   8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
13 June   7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
14-18 June  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
19 June   8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
20 June   7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
21-22 June  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

73. Pre-registered participants must come to Accreditation Centre at the Olympic Arena with a copy of the confirmation letter and valid photo identification (passport, driver’s licence) for identification purposes.
Access to the Riocentro Convention Center

74. Each registered NGO representative will receive one individual Conference grounds pass to allow him/her access to the Riocentro Convention Center during the Conference.

75. Representatives of NGOs and other major groups who have obtained a Conference grounds pass will be granted access to the Riocentro Convention Center.  Entry into the Riocentro Convention Center or a particular meeting room within may need to be restricted for crowd-control purposes and secondary access passes may need to be issued for certain areas, including the Plenary Hall.

Major Groups Pavillion

76. There will be a Pavillion and working area in the Riocentro Convention Center for NGOs and other major groups. The Pavillion 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. 

Travel arrangements

77. Representatives are responsible for their travel to and from Brazil and accommodation in Rio de Janeiro. NGOs and other major groups representatives are also responsible for their travel arrangements to and from the airport as well as in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations will not be able to assist in bearing any related costs. Representatives should reserve accommodations early because of the large number of participants expected at the Conference. All representatives interested in attending should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance prior to arrival.

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