Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789


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Practical info


On these pages you will be able to get all the useful information you need to reach Chile and Viña del Mar, how to get around, whether you need a visa for entering and how to book accommodation at the conference venue at special rates.

Check the tourist information on the following website:



Viña del Mar is one of Latin America’s most modern tourist cities. Its offering includes a wide range of activities, from gorgeous beaches and rural areas to different tourist attractions including excellent wineries within less than 60 kilometers away. It has attractive resorts such as Playa Reñaca, the Salinas and Concon. Its attractiveness in tourism allows it to have major international hotel chains, lots of shopping centers, restaurants and bars. Other attractions are the Jardín Botánico Nacional (National Botanical Garden), known as Parque Metropolitano de Valparaíso (Metropolitan Park of Valparaiso), the Quinta Vergara where the Festival de la Canción (Song Festival) is performed, the flower clock, located in front of Caleta Abarca, on the road connecting the sector with Valparaiso and Muelle Vergara (Vergara Pier), from where you can observe the bay of Valparaiso, as an important viewpoint. In addition, Viña del Mar is just a few minutes from Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore and learn about customs, the most traditional Chilean dishes and, especially, Chile’s main port.

Valparaiso is a great natural amphitheater, with a particular geography of a bay surrounded by hills. In these hills the greatest number neighborhoods are located, while the sea is one of the most important ports of the country. Also, There are 42 hills, some of the most important are Baron, Mariposa, Cerro Alegre, Cerro Concepción among other hills, where homes and neighborhoods of the city are located. Some of them still have scenic elevators which were built to quickly get to the heights of Valparaiso and enjoy their viewpoints that allow you to observe the surroundings.

What to visit in Viña del Mar:

Flower clock

Oceanic rock

Reñaca beach

Peru avenue

Fonck museum

Quinta Vergara park

Vergara palace

Rioja palace

Cerro castillo

Wulff castle

Viña del mar casino

Vergara pier

Reñaca (place)

Cochoa (place)

Concon (place)

Concon dunes


What to visit in Valparaiso:

House Museum La Sebastiana



Baron Hill

Prat pier

Museum Of Fine Arts of Valparaiso

Reina Victoria elevator

Port of Valparaiso

Artillery elevator


The Chilean currency is the Peso. Chile has the following banknotes: 1.000 ; 2.000 ; 5.000 ; 10.000 and 20.000 pesos. The coins in circulation are: 10 ; 50 ; 100 ; 500 pesos. Generally, outside of major hotels, you cannot pay with a foreign currency.


There are banks and currency exchange kiosks located at the airport, in the city and in main shopping malls. You will have to show your passport to exchange money.


The official language in Chile is Spanish. English will be the working language of the conference.


The voltage in Chile is generally 220 V, and the frequency is 50 Hz. The plugs and sockets are of type C and L.

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