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Event Information

Meeting venue

The fifth meeting of the negotiating committee of the regional agreement on access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in the Celso Furtado conference room at ECLAC headquarters, located at Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago. There is an alternative entrance at Av. Alonso de Córdova 3170.

Meeting coordination

The meeting will be organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile.

For substantive information on the meeting, please contact: Carlos de Miguel, Chief, Policies for Sustainable Development Unit, and Valeria Torres, Economic Affairs Officer, Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, ECLAC (, tel. (56) 2 2210 2224 and (56) 2 2210 2310).

For information on operational aspects of the meeting, please contact: María Paz Rivera (, tel. (56) 2 2210 2618).

Hotel reservations

The ECLAC Conference Services Unit has reserved a limited number of rooms with special rates for ECLAC at the following hotel:

•           Hotel Director (****), Av. Vitacura 3600, Tel: (+56) 2 2389 1956

            Single room: 140 US dollars (includes breakfast and internet)

            Contact: María Eliana Puga y Patricia Crisóstomo, Reservations Department

            Email: /

            Código grupo: 716164

           Deadline: 20 October 2016

•          Apart Hotel Rent a Home, El Bosque Norte, Ebro 2799, Tel: (+56) 2233-9726, 2234-2314

           Single room: 90 US dollars (includes breakfast, Internet Transfer in - out)

           Atn:María Ramírez/Carla Benavides


           Código grupo: 49974

           Deadline: 20 October 2016

These rates do not include value added tax (VAT) of 19%. Guests who pay in dollars using cash, travellers’ cheques or an international credit card are exempt from payment of VAT.

Requests for reservations should be addressed directly to the hotel by the deadline given on the hotel reservation form attached. After this date, the hotel reserves the right to change the rate and cannot guarantee that rooms will be available.

To maintain the special ECLAC rate, hotel reservations must be requested personally, not through agencies or other means. Delegates are responsible for their own reservations. You are advised to check that the hotel has processed your reservation and to request a reservation number or confirmation code.

The hotel requires your flight number and date of arrival in and departure from Chile, as well as credit card details, in order to guarantee the reservation. Please complete in full the attached reservation form, which requests all the required details.

Visas and entry requirements for Chile

Participants must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Chile.

Delegates from countries whose citizens require a visa to enter Chile should apply for one in advance at their nearest Chilean embassy or consulate.

To find out whether you require a visa, go to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile ( and click on the name of your country to find the contact details of your nearest Chilean embassy or consulate.

Transport from the airport to Santiago

The companies Transvip and Transfer Delfos operate minivan services from the airport, offering passenger transportation to different areas of the city. Each van can transport 10 to 12 passengers, at an approximate cost of US$ 15 per person. Visitors preferring to take a taxi are advised to use the firms Taxi Oficial or Transvip, which are also located at the airport; fares to the city vary between US$ 35 and US$ 40 depending on the destination.

Santiago’s public transport system includes buses, taxis and five subway lines. Taxi fares are metered and, in general, drivers do not expect tips.

Participant registration

An online registration system is available on the ECLAC website (

Registration of delegates will take place at the hall entrance of the Celso Furtado conference room on Monday 21 November, starting at 8.30 a.m. Participants will be issued with identification badges which, for security purposes, must be visible and shown at all meetings.

For further information on registration, please contact Paula Warnken (e-mail; tel. (+56) 2 2210 2651) or María Paz Rivera (e-mail ; tel. (+56) 2 2210 2618).

Online registration does not exempt delegations from the requirement to provide official notification of the name of the head of delegation and all accompanying members.

Opening session

The opening session of the meeting will begin at 9.00 a.m. on Monday, 21 November.


The offices and conference rooms set aside for the meeting will have wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi).


The official languages of the meeting will be Spanish and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


This will be a paper-smart meeting. All documents and official declarations will be available for consultation and download on the website: Delegates are advised to bring their laptops, tablets or other mobile devices as a limited quantity of printed documents will be available.

Facilities and services at ECLAC

Travel agency: Flight reservations and confirmations are handled by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, located on the first basement level of the ECLAC building (office 1S7).

Bank: A branch of Banco de Chile is located on the first basement level. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Foreign currency may be exchanged from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Food and beverages  ECLAC has a cafeteria and a coffee shop, which are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and drinks must be paid for directly by participants.

Medical services: First aid is provided by the ECLAC Medical Service, located on the ground floor of the main building (office Z-210), telephone extension 2333. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.