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.


Summary of the UNCSD (Rio+20) Arab Regional Preparatory Meeting
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Arab Regional Preparatory Meeting convened from 16-17 October 2011 at the League of Arab States headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting was organizing by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the League of Arab States and the UN Environment Programme/Regional Office for West Asia. The meeting aimed to support preparations for Rio+20 by offering a forum for deliberation and consensus building on a consolidated set of issues and priorities reflecting the Arab vision on the objectives and themes to be addressed at Rio+20. A regional capacity-building workshop for Major Groups was held on 15 October 2011.

Approximately 100 participants, including representatives of governments, international and regional organizations, and Major Groups, attended the meeting. On Sunday, 16 October, participants heard opening statements and sessions were convened on: assessing the progress to date and gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development; identifying new and emerging issues affecting progress towards sustainable development in the region; and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD).

On Monday, 17 October, a session was convened on green economy opportunities and challenges facing the region in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Another session was held on securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development, which included a civil society panel and an expert panel. A small drafting group convened in the afternoon to discuss recommendations from the conference, which were then presented to the plenary for consideration. After lengthy discussions, the recommendations were approved.
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