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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Change the System to Save the Planet
This message underlies all of Kempf?s work, which includes a column in the French daily Le Monde and a number of books, including "How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth". His latest book, "L'oligarchie ça suffit, vive la démocratie" (Enough With Oligarchy, Long Live Democracy), has just been published in France.

An active participant in the debate on "degrowth", which challenges the use of GDP growth as the primary indicator of the success of a country or society, Kempf questions the viability of societies guided by consumerism and the search for profit.

The world?s political leaders "continue defending the capitalist system, which I call the oligarchic system," but they "have to change, and so does the system," said Kempf in an interview with Tierramérica during a recent visit to Argentina.
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