For Media

Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: or or

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.


Indigenous Peoples Contributions to Sustainable Development
"Walking to the future in the footsteps of our ancestors"

Indigenous Peoples commit to these fundamental requirements of sustainable development.

1. Strengthening culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development

The greatest wealth is nature?s diversity and its associated cultural diversity, both of which are intimately connected and which should be protected in the same way. Cultures are ways of being and living with nature, underpinning our values, moral and ethical choices and our actions.

Indigenous Peoples? traditional practices embodied in Sumak Kawsay and Buen Vivir exemplify the balanced living required to address contemporary global problems.

We are committed to renewing and revitalizing our spiritual traditions, cosmovisions and cultural practices of living in harmony with nature, and strengthening culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development.

2. Full Exercise of our human and collective rights

Sustainable development is realized through the full exercise and fulfillment of human rights. Indigenous Peoples see sustainable development and self-determination as two sides of the same coin. Progress in various countries has happened to the extent that States have fulfilled their duties to respect, protect and promote our human rights, while conflicts have escalated where governments have imposed top-down development, whether labeled ?sustainable?, ?pro-poor? or ?green?. Sustainable human development means incorporating the perspective of human and collective rights in the elaboration, design, discussion, approval, and implementation of all programmes, plans and projects regarding sustainable development at all levels.

Sustainable development indicators must be linked to social and ecological equity and justice, and the advancement of economic, social and cultural rights.

3. Strengthening diverse local economies and territorial management

For Indigenous Peoples, self determination is the basis for Sumak Kawsay good living, and this is realised through territorial management and the the building of vibrant community economies. These local economies provide sustainable local livelihoods, community solidarity and are critical components of resilient ecosystems.

Diverse local economies are indigenous peoples? vital contributions to the 21st century ?green economy? sponsored by States.

We will continue to strengthen and defend our economies and rights to our lands, territories and resources, and associated customary management and sustainable use systems against extractive industries, predatory investments, landgrabbing and unsustainable development.

We enjoin governments to respect and support our efforts.

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