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.

Information

Record Number of Participants to Attend Sixty-Fourth Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn, Germany, 3-5 September
The sixty-fourth annual Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) has attracted an unprecedented number of registered participants from more than 100 countries and territories.

With more than 2,200 registered participants from hundreds of organizations around the world expected in Bonn, Germany, from 3 to 5 September, the Conference has set a new attendance record for DPI/NGO conferences.

By choosing the theme ?Sustainable Societies: Responsive Citizens?, NGOs are reaffirming civil society?s role in addressing critical current issues and identifying the linkages necessary to address them. Participants will examine best practices and how to change consumption and production patterns; the links between green economy and poverty eradication; and the role of civic engagement and voluntary action in achieving sustainable development.

On the final day, the Conference is expected to adopt a declaration containing views, concerns and recommendations on sustainable development and volunteerism. The final declaration will also reflect the expectations of the NGO participants and civil society leaders for ?Rio+20?, and the General Assembly?s upcoming plenary discussions on the International Year of Volunteers+10, to take place in December 2011.

The Planning Committee has been active in ensuring that there is wide consensus both from the NGOs involved in sustainable development and those promoting volunteerism and connecting the dots between the two concepts. Sustainable societies need responsive citizens who commit, encourage and volunteer. Conference Chair Dodds noted that volunteerism has been one of the driving forces behind the birth of the modern environmental movement, and that the Bonn Conference would also reaffirm the importance of a healthy environment for both development objectives and the overall well-being of local communities.
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