Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim gave a positive assessment of the security framework adopted for Rio+20. “I noticed people feeling secure, but at the same time, not feeling that they were excessively restricted. I believe this is how it should be,” the minister said.
For Amorim, the security activities for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development took place peacefully and in an atmosphere of calm, creating the necessary conditions for the event to happen without problems.
The security framework for Rio+20 was coordinated by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, via the Armed Forces Joint General Staff. The execution of the security plan was performed by the Army’s Eastern Military Command.
Besides the land force, the country’s Navy, the Air Force, and federal and state security agencies, such as the Federal Police, the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, state police forces, and the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Guard, also participated in the activities.
In total, approximately 20,000 professionals – 13,000 of them members of the Armed Forces – were mobilized in the operation, which involved the protection of over 100 heads of state and government and of the event venues, such as Riocentro and Aterro do Flamengo, besides Rio’s network of hotels, ports, and airports.
In order to prevent a possible attack on the communication system, equipment from the Cybernetic Defense Center, which worked to prevent hackers’ attacks, was set up at the conference venue. The defense system was designed to react to attempts to alter official event websites, cyber attacks on infrastructure, and the leaking of confidential information.
No incidents worth reporting were registered during the Rio+20 events, the security logistics of which were praised by domestic and foreign officials.