Conversa 2

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 19th - 21st February

The UK-Brazil Conversa is a dialogue between policy makers and influencers, business leaders, academics, diplomats and governments, to help build closer relations and contacts between Brazil and the UK. Conversa 2 will take place in Rio de Janeiro.

Founded in 2014 by former UK Ambassador to Brazil, Alan Charlton, the Conversa is an annual forum for influential people from a variety of backgrounds – business, government, diplomacy, academia, think-tanks – to discuss key issues relating to UK-Brazilian relations.

Alternating between the UK and Brazil, it was established to help explore how to make more of the contacts and links between the two countries. In order to encourage free-flowing and open conversations, discussion groups are small and sessions are held under the Chatham House rule.

This year Conversa will take place in Rio de Janeiro.

Read the 2016 Report


  • Guests arrive


  • Depart from the Hotel Windsor Atlantica to visit three Rio de Janeiro projects.

    The afternoon programme will include the following:

    - Visit to the Operation Centre, this is the central control building that oversees all the running of Rio de Janeiro.

    - A tour of the Museum of Art of Rio followed by a short presentation and refreshments on the rooftop of the building.

    - Finally a tour of the Porto Maravilha Project and development.

    Delegates return to the Hotel Windsor Atlantica.


  • Reception to meet Conversa Participants

    20.00 - 22.00


  • Depart from the Hotel Windsor Atlantica to the Palacio da Cidade, R. São Clemente, 360 – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, where by kind permission of the Mayor of Rio, Mr. Eduardo Paes, the sessions and lunch will take place.


  • Session 1: Transparency: How do we ensure there is trust in our politics and business?

    09.30 - 11.00

  • Session 2: Defence and Security: Is the world becoming more dangerous? What systems and policies do we need to protect ourselves?

    09.30 - 11.00

  • Coffee break

    11.00 - 11.30

  • Session 3: Education, Research, Innovation: How do we make our economies ready for 2030?

    11.30 - 13.00

  • Session 4: Energy and Environmental Sustainability

    What mix should our countries have by 2030, how can this be achieved?

    What are the prospects for new energy sources?

    Is the single energy market realistic?

    11.30 - 13.00

  • Lunch at Palacio da Cidade

    13.00 14.00

  • Session 5: Health, food and lifestyle

    How do we promote better societies, long-term research and ensure accessibility to good nutrition and health ways of life?

    14.10 - 15.40

  • Session 6: Capital markets and finanancial institutions: Opportunities and challenges

    14.10 - 15.40

  • Delegates depart from Palacio da Cidade to the Hotel Windsor Atlantica


  • Depart by coach from the Windsor Atlantica Hotel


  • Reception at the Jockey Club Brasileiro

    19.45 - 22.00


  • All delegates to check out of the Hotel Windsor Atlantica


  • Depart by coach for the Closing Plenary Session at the Palacio da Cidade


  • Reports from the Rapporteurs on the Saturday sessions.

    Closing Session: The Path to Conversa 3

    09.30 – 12.00

  • Reception and Light Lunch

    Delegates depart

    12.00 - 13.30

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