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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Green Economy Coalition Outlines Policy Thinking for Rio+20
The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) has presented its initial policy thinking for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The GEC is a grouping of NGOs, research institutes, UN organizations and trade unions working to accelerate the transition to a green economy while ensuring that stakeholders' voices are incorporated in the process.

GEC shared its views on a range of policy suggestions in anticipation of the UNCSD, including: public procurement contracts and the need to include specifications for labor and environmental sustainability standards; generating new funds through a financial transaction tax, with such funds being earmarked for environmental goods and services, social protection, poverty eradication and climate change mitigation and adaptation; recognition of the monetary value of ecosystem services within their national accounting systems; developing ways of measuring national welfare, going beyond Gross Domestic Product (GDP); and catalysing a transformation in the poorest countries.

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