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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: 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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Place your bets for the environmental winners at the Rio 2012 Earth Summit
It's tough now to be optimistic about policy, the economy or their combination. The eurozone is reeling in the face of defaults and potential defaults as well as lack of shared vision about managing and paying for future challenges. US stock markets entered August downbeat after the bitterly partisan deficit showdown. Emerging economies remain vibrant, even boisterous, but questions about inflation in Brazil and elsewhere are amplifying, debate over corruption has taken centre stage in India and pundits wonder how China can maintain torrid growth while its western export markets remain in the doldrums.

Against this backdrop, 2012 will bring important sustainability milestones, most notably the 25th anniversary of the Brundtland Commission, set up by the UN to investigate environmental concerns, and Rio 2012. Rio 2012 is a successor to the 1992 Earth Summit, heralded at the time as a turning point in the way in which society, the environment and the economy interrelate.

That 1992 produced only a framework convention on climate change hints at the challenges. The summit was to encourage sustainable development action, and its centerpiece was to be a treaty addressing global warming. This was blocked by North-South disagreement. Developed nations did not want an agreement that might impede growth, and emerging economies would not accept limits on the nature of their future development. While this all sounds very Copenhagen 2009, that Rio 1992's promise remains unfulfilled is evidence of perhaps intractable problems facing the multilateral system and its ability to negotiate actionable consensus.

The lesson may be that, no matter how unique or courageous, a very few exemplary efforts is not sufficient to enact system change. We need hundreds or thousands of business leaders, partnered with (and sometimes pushing) civil society and government, not merely a handful.

If the rule in Macau, Monte Carlo and Las Vegas is that the house always wins, in Rio, the question is who we perceive ? who we allow ? the house to be. If it's again a combination of timid and self-interested government representatives, too influenced by incumbent businesses more interested in the status quo than change, and they together allow only safe, incremental steps, we all lose. But if the house at the Earth Summit is the planet, and we are prepared to make difficult political and economic choices in response to its constraints for our own long-term health and prosperity, there is a chance.

Rio 2012 will be defined by leadership and courage (or their absence). In 1992, a gathering and a wake-up call could be judged at least a limited success. Rio 2012 succeeds only by catalysing rapid global action. The private sector, with its unique ability to enact change rapidly across markets in every region, as well as the potential to scuttle policy reform that it views as threatening, will be a critical player at the table. With the right degree of foresight, and not a little bit of luck, it just might choose to lead.
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