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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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UNDG Regional Workshop for the Asia-Pacific Region Advances Integrated Approaches to Mainstream DRR, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
Integrating and mainstreaming climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability and risk reduction can have profound effects in poverty reduction and improved livelihoods. To advance this approach, share lessons and good practices, the UN Development Group (UNDG) Task Team on Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Rio+20, in collaboration with several partners, organized a regional workshop for the Asia-Pacific region from 25-29 July 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was the last in a series of three regional workshops scheduled for 2011 that also covered Africa and the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The workshop aimed at enabling participants to identify opportunities and tools for mainstreaming environmental sustainability (ES), climate change (CC) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in country programming.

Like the two previous workshops, the event was not a formal training, but rather created opportunities for participants to share their experiences and identify good practices. Participants were directly involved in adapting the workshop to address their unique country situations and learning needs.

A series of 'Country Clinics' sessions enabled participants to brainstorm concrete solutions for ?thorny? mainstreaming challenges for the UNDAF. Many of the solutions involved the early recognition of opportunities to offer evidence and build ownership for mainstreaming, and to identify ?champions? in both the UN Country Team and amongst the ?power? ministries and commissions in government, such as Planning, Finance, and International Cooperation. Country participants prepared work plans to engage the full UN Country Team and guide their mainstreaming efforts.
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