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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Promoting a Transformative Agenda for Sustainable Development: A Strategy Workshop on Rio+20
On behalf of IBON International, Reality of Aid - Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Research Network, we are pleased to announce the launching of the outcome document of a conference workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand last August 15-17, 2011 entitled, "Promoting a Transformative Agenda for Sustainable Development: A Strategy Workshop on Rio+20". This outcome document will be of interest to anyone working on climate policy and genuine people-centered sustainable development agenda in the lead up to Rio+20.


Expanded and sustained participation by civil society in the growing development discourse leading up to Rio+20 is crucial in this respect. One of the two themes that have been identified by the UN as central to Rio+20 ? the need to elaborate the transition to ?green economies? as a solution to the problems of escalating ecological destruction and poverty ? is proving to be a potentially contentious arena. There are concerns that the green economy agenda could be hijacked by narrow Northern corporatist interests and sidetrack efforts to address the much-more complex social, developmental, and equity issues linked to sustainability in favor of less politically sensitive, market-based and ill-conceived technology fixes; and one-size fits all approaches that constrain the sustainable development prospects for the South. There is, thus, an urgent need for CSOs especially in the global South to effectively engage their own governments on Rio+20 and beyond.

Communities have shown extreme resilience and creativity in confronting the spiraling multiple crises, utilizing various mechanisms not just to survive, but also to assert their economic, social, cultural and political rights. In the midst of this protracted crisis of the global capitalist system, people dare to imagine and build a new world where development means promoting the well-being and dignity of all; where prosperity is created through shared resources and efforts; where nature?s limits are respected; and where nations, peoples and communities cooperate to ensure democracy, justice, equity, peace and prosperity for all.

Today, even more so than twenty years ago, people of the world are aware that the challenge of genuine sustainable development requires no less than the profound transformation of societies and of international relations. We must all rise up to the challenge.

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