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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Reforming global sustainable development governance: A rights-based agenda
Achieving sustainable development entails a global transition?away from prevailing inequitable and ecologically destabilizing patterns of development, to modes of development based on shared prosperity and environmental protection. Global governance plays a crucial role in this shift. Global governance refers to the complex of institutions, mechanisms, norms, and policies that shape global processes, mediate relations between actors, and provide a framework for cooperation in addressing global challenges. Currently, it includes the United Nations system, the Group of 20, the World Trade Organization, international financial institutions, and hundreds of international treaties and soft law instruments on trade, the environment, and development.

In the context of a transition to sustainable development, global governance needs to enable a transformation of economic and social processes and structures to achieve development and environmental sustainability; to integrate areas of policy making to achieve co-benefits; and to address consequences (e.g. of environmental and economic changes to the poor) of their interactions. It will need to effectively regulate the behavior of states and non-state actors, mobilize resources, implement and enforce commitments, and give countries the space and capacities to successfully chart their own pathways to change.

Global governance for sustainable development will by no means be neutral. The process of sustainable development will have winners and losers: old technologies, practices, and forms of social organization ? and actors invested in their persistence ? have to give way to new ones. Global governance will need to steer this process in favor of the marginalized and voiceless: the poor and future generations. Governance for sustainable development requires a democratic, pro-poor, inclusive, and rights-based stance.
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