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.


Raring Up for Rio+20
In June of 2012, Rio de Janeiro will host the second United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The objective of the conference is "to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges."

The event is being dubbed "Rio+20" as it is occurring twenty years after the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also in Rio. This first conference was held to bring together government officials, business, civilians and the press to discuss the concept of sustainable development as it was first emerging in international discourse. "Sustainable development" means utilizing the earth's resources in a way that maintains them for use by future generations.

Why are the world's governments and others concerned with sustainable development to begin with, and why would they attend a second Rio conference? The answer is that sustainable development can help ensure the health of the planet and its inhabitants for years to come. Who wouldn't be interested in preserving the human species and the earth we live in?

The second iteration of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is being held to reconvene the groups that met back in 1992 to make further progress on sustainable development policies and practices around the world.

The Rio+20 conference is meant to be inclusive of many sectors of society given that each and every person is affected by global sustainability issues like climate change. The groups invited to attend include government, business and industry, children and youth, farmers, indigenous peoples, local authorities, NGOs (non governmental organizations), the scientific and technological community, women's groups, and workers and trade unions.

Once assembled, these various groups will focus on two main themes: 1) how to create a more green economy that ensures sustainable development and poverty eradication and 2) how to structure an institutional framework for sustainable development.

Given growing populations around the world and the increased need for natural resources, conference attendees would do well to make solid progress at the event. An institutional framework for sustainable development should include steps that local, state, and national governments will take to save energy and water, decrease waste, and preserve natural habitats, all while supporting the alleviation of poverty across the world. With standards of living rising, it may seem daunting to grow the economy in a way that protects the earth. Yet many governments, companies and individuals have already found ways to do this. It is up to governments, business, labor unions and all the groups in attendance at the conference to build upon these successful practices and replicate them around the world.

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