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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.


UNCCD COP 10 Opens in Republic of Korea
The 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10) is taking place from 10-21 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea.

Delegates are considering agenda items related to, inter alia: the 10-year strategic plan and framework to enhance implementation of the Convention (2008?2018); the programme and budget; the evaluation of existing and potential reporting, accountability and institutional arrangements for the Global Mechanism; mechanisms to facilitate regional coordination of implementation of the Convention; the further refinement of impact and performance indicators; and the format of scientific advice for the Convention.

In addition to the COP, the 10th meeting of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 10) is scheduled to meet from 11-13 October 2011. The 10th meeting of the Committee on the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 10) is scheduled to meet for a period of a three and one-half days between 11-20 October. Two half-day open dialogues with civil society are scheduled to take place on 14 and 19 October. A special segment consisting of three roundtable discussions among Ministers and other officials will take place from 17-18 October. An interactive dialogue session with Members of Parliament on 13-14 October also will take the form of roundtable discussions. Any outcomes from the roundtables are expected to be communicated to COP 10 for consideration.
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