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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

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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.

  • Published on: 4 Jun 2012
  • Submitted by: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
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Biodiversity - The Life of the Green Economy
Biodiversity, ecosystems, species, and genetic resources are the foundation of a sustainable/green economy and society. Global biodiversity of flora and fauna contributes to strengthening essential ecosystem services, such as fresh water, productive soils and clean air, which underpin sustainable economic development and quality of life for humankind.
Ensuring that development is sustainable, equitable and inclusive is key to a future that will provide opportunities for all. Innovative and promising solutions that balance a healthy and productive environment with the demands of growth for human development, are needed to accomplish this. The sustainable management and conservation of biodiversity resources is imperative and efforts to ensure this are underway by national and international stakeholders.

Sixteen years after UNCTAD launched the BioTrade Initiative with the aim of promoting trade and investment in biodiversity as a means of furthering sustainable development, a number of countries, regions and national and international stakeholders have made remarkable progress in embracing BioTrade concepts and principles as integral parts of their strategies. Furthermore, BioTrade is being recognized as a tool to address poverty alleviation and to support sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

The First BioTrade Congress is a platform where BioTrade and biodiversity stakeholders can share their experiences and lessons learned, and establish further cooperation in implementing sustainable practices in the path to "greening" biodiversity-based sectors. The congress will present practical BioTrade examples that are implemented in a variety of sectors and regions with the aim to guide private actors, governments and civil society in their efforts to achieve sustainable development. The outcomes of the event are also expected to be shared during the Rio +20 Conference.

The Congress is convened by the BioTrade Initative of UNCTAD, with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Yves Rocher and the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle (NRSC). Additional partners include the General Secretariat of the Andean Community (SGCAN), International Trade Centre (ITC), Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Peruvian Ministry of Environment, PhytoTrade Africa, Union of Ethical BioTrade, and the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the United Nations Development Programme.
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