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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: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

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

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Proposals developed by the CIEL on the rights based approach to sustainable development
As the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 nears, the international community is once more faced with the challenge of integrating a complex array of environmental, social and economic issues within the umbrella of sustainable development. There is an urgent need for a restructuring of the global economy given the current state of our overstressed environmental systems, the deterioration of which threatens the lives and livelihoods of peoples and communities around the world. There is also a need for Rio+20 to clarify and deepen the linkages between governance and human rights in the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Rio+20 thus provides an opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to a model of sustainable development that respects human rights and the rights of nature. This document identifies FIVE overarching objectives in advancing a rights-based approach to sustainable development in the Zero Draft as well as specific textual proposals to achieve these objectives:

1. REAFFIRM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY'S COMMITMENT TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

o Integrate human rights norms and standards in the design and implementation of sustainable development activities, particularly in relation to natural resources
o Recognize that human rights obligations apply not only to States, the United Nations, and its specialized agencies, but also to international financial institutions (including the World Bank) and transnational corporations
o Establish legally binding commitments rather than voluntary initiatives to ensure progress toward fulfilling human rights

2. REINFORCE THE RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND ESTABLISH EFFECTIVE MEANS OF IMPLEMENTATION

o Strengthen the integration of human rights and the environment by explicitly reinforcing the right to a healthy environment
o Recognize the inherent value and rights of nature, as well as its social, cultural and economic value, and ensure the equitable use of natural resources within the capacity of the Earth?s regeneration
o Strengthen the linkages between the right to a healthy environment and the rights to access to information (Para. 18), rights of indigenous peoples as articulated in UNDRIP (Para. 21), right to food (Para. 64), and right to water (Para. 67), among others

3. OPERATIONALIZE THE RIGHTS ENSHRINED IN RIO DECLARATION?S PRINCIPLE 10

o Reaffirm and elaborate the UN?s commitment to the rights to access to information, public participation, and access to justice by launching negotiations for regional instruments and a global convention on Principle 10
o Recognize the need to strengthen access to information and civil society participation at all levels of decision-making as well as implementation, monitoring, compliance, and dispute settlement processes
o Call for enhanced opportunities for and increased funding to support the participation of local communities, indigenous peoples, women, youth, and other underrepresented groups

4. PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH INSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS, PROCESSES AND MECHANISMS

o Recognize the need for coherent and rights-based safeguards (including safeguard policies, monitoring systems, and accountability mechanisms) that are developed and applied at the institutional level by UN agencies and other international institutions
o Establish a grievance process or mechanism open to complaints from individuals, peoples and communities (both human and environmental), whose rights may be impacted by sustainable development activities
o Establish an Ombudsperson or High Commissioner for Future Generations whose mandate is to protect the rights and interests of future generations, including the right to a healthy environment

5. APPLY A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

o Integrate human rights norms and standards in the design, content and implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs), consistent with the right to development and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities
o Create a Sustainable Development Council to monitor progress in achieving the SDGs through a mechanism similar to the Universal Periodic Review established by the UN Human Rights Council
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