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 priorities include green jobs but not social protection and FTT
They are:

- green jobs and social inclusion;
- energy access, efficiency and sustainability;
- food security and sustainable agriculture;
- sound water management;
- sustainable cities;
- management of the oceans; and
- improved resilience and disaster preparedness.

On Green Jobs and social inclusion, he highlights that "We have made progress on the social pillar of sustainable development, but it still remains weak. Job creation is a big challenge facing all countries today. Unemployment is a scourge not only for those without work, but for their families.

At Rio, Governments need to share lessons on what policies related to a green economy can create the most jobs. Rio+20 is not just about environment. It is also about social development. Rio+20 is a summit about people?s lives and livelihoods and it is a summit about action to create more jobs, better jobs and more green jobs."

The ITUC is pleased with this statement but would like to draw attention to two other new and emerging challenges: social protection and the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT). The latter, combined with a new fiscal and tax policy is essential for a better social distribution of economic and environmental wealth. A universal social protection floor is also fundamental for sustainable development has it will ensure citizens share risk in a fair manner within societies and all are able to stand in dignity when facing challenges.

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