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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Launch of Rio+20 Website In Portuguese
The Rio+20 Secretary General, Mr. Sha Zukang, is today in Rio de Janeiro, launching the Portuguese version of the officel Rio+20 website, available to Portuguese speaking countries, as part of the "Agenda G15" developed by the Humanitare Institute.

Now each one of the more than 240 million Portuguese speaking citizens throughout the world can have access to Rio+20 news and content, and get better involved with the Conference's purposes and goals. And users of other languages has the opportunity to get familiar with the host country language!

Visit the Portuguese version of the Rio+20 website

On 23 November at 1:30p.m the Rio de Janeiro's City Palace will hold the "Progress and Challenges towards the Rio +20 Conference", which will be attended by the United Nations Under Secretary- General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary General of the Rio +20, Sha Zukang , and by the Rio+20 Head of Office and Director of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, Nikhil Seth.

During the event, it will be launched the "Agenda Connection G15" to Rio+20, created and promoted by the Humanitare Institute and also the official Rio+20 website for Portuguese speaking countries.

Nikhil Seth will highlight the importance of a fair and balanced participation of the "Major Groups" - which includes various civil society groups such as Business and Industry, NGOs, Local Authorities and others ? during the Conference in 2012. The Secretary-General of Environment, Energy, Science and Technology of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Ambassador Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, also will present a report on "The Road from Stockholm, Rio, Johannesburg to Rio in 2012."

To conclude the event, the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, will launch the ?Global Report Initiative? as part of the city's actions to the Rio +20 Conference.
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