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: 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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Rio +20: A Global Stage
This week, the city of Rio de Janeiro will become a global stage, home to tens of thousands of people attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Rio+ 20 is an important global stage upon which those committed to action from government, the private sector, and society can show how they plan to demonstrate that we can accelerate progress, if we change the way we grow.

We need a different kind of growth, a greener and more inclusive growth. We think it is affordable with help to those for whom upfront costs may be prohibitive. We think we should be able to value natural resources differently within our economic model. We think that with the right data and evidence we can avoid the irreversible costs of making wrong decisions now. And we can have economic systems that are much more efficient.

Our current economic model is enormously inefficient in the way it does or doesn’t use resources. Our recent report Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development lays out opportunities and describes trade-offs. In Rio, we will continue to debunk myths of what an inclusive, green growth path may involve.

We would like to see natural capital accounting, or NCA, adopted by as many countries as possible so governments can value natural resources accurately within our economic systems. We’ve been talking about this for over 20 years, and now that the UN has endorsed the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts, we have a sound basis for moving forward.

NCA is truly an idea whose time has come. Next steps include working through implementation with countries and developing measurement methodologies for ecosystems services. Leaders from companies in the financial and private sectors are joining in. The link between NCA and the ability to develop the new business model of the future is clear. At the same time, integrated reporting is becoming mainstream.
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