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


Announcing Rio+Social: Social Media & Technology to Take Historic UN Conference to a Global, Digital Level
As the world's attention turns to Rio+20, the UN's Conference on Sustainable Development taking place this June in Brazil, the organizations that produce the acclaimed Social Good Summit each fall in New York, announced today an innovative partnershipand special event called Rio+Social. Rio+Social will take place on June 19th in Rio de Janeiro alongside the historic Rio+20 summit. The event brings together the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, Ericsson, and EDP, to create South America's first-of-its-kind in-person gathering and global, online conversation on the potential of social media and technology to power a more innovative and better future for our world.

Rio+Social will ensure that the dialogue about issues ranging from sustainable energy to poverty eradication move beyond the meeting rooms of the Rio+20 summit and into all corners of the world. "Every minute, social media and technology is opening doors for new, young voices to participate in and shape the ongoing international development debate," said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. "World leaders are listening, and better yet, working in collaboration with these #socialgood pioneers to change how we approach global solutions."

In order to make this global dialogue possible, Rio+Social will draw from the successful model of the annual Social Good Summit, which for the last two years has broadened the conversation around UN Week like never before. "In a time when there are so many global issues capturing our attention, social media gives us the opportunity to participate in as many conversations as possible," said Pete Cashmore, Founder & CEO of Mashable. "Rio+Social will answer people's call to be part of the conversation at of one of the most important UN summits."

92Y, the host venue for the Social Good Summit, will continue its critical community-building role with its participation in Rio+Social. "92Y has always believed in candid, thoughtful discussions about the most pressing issues of our time," said Sol Adler, Executive Director of 92Y. "It is only through the rigorous exchange of ideas across social and geographical borders that our global community will find new solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. We're honored to co-host in Rio the kind of conversations we've had in New York that have generated so much critical discussion."

When the UN convened the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, technology played a minor role in setting global development agendas. Twenty years later, the scene is completely different. At Rio+Social, technology will be the principal driver for starting the conversation on 21st century sustainability issues. Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, said, "Mobile and broadband networks are the foundation of a Networked Society and this technology can play an instrumental role in addressing global sustainable development challenges. The billions of mobile subscribers worldwide make the largest social network in the history of mankind and have the power to transform the world and use technology as a force for #socialgood."

With the addition of renewable energy company EDP to the line-up of partners, a major player in the world's sustainable energy future will be added to the Rio+Socialconversation. Using cleaner methods to power our increasingly developed world is one of the UN Secretary General's main priorities and will be a major topic of discussion at Rio+20. Recognizing that, EDP CEO Antonio Mexia stated,"It is indisputably important that corporate strategies today strike a balance between economic, social, and environmental components while maintaining a strong commitment to innovation and increased competitiveness. EDP is fully committed to several sustainability projects that address access to energy needs in developing countries, fighting energy poverty, and developing local markets."

TheRio+Socialevent would not be made possible without the support of the Brazilian business community. Rio+Social's local communications partner is LiveAD, an innovative group dedicated to bringing new approaches to online engagement in South America and worldwide. Recently honored with a 2012 Facebook Studio Award, putting them at the top of their classfor pioneering campaigns that forge new pathways in global marketing, LiveAD will ensure that Rio+Social pushes the boundaries of what's possible in the digital media space.

For more information on Rio+Social, including how to get involved, please visit:
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