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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: 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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Janez Potoċnik European Commissioner for Environment The 2012 UN conference on sustainable development (Rio+20): preparatory work by the European Union European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Plenary Debate Brussels (Part)
The vision for this transformation is set out by the Commission in the Flagship initiative adopted in January. The flagship called for a Roadmap to define medium and long term objectives, and how to achieve them. The Roadmap particularly focuses on three aspects of the way we live today that put the highest pressure on resources: buildings, nutrition and mobility. It focuses on new policy instruments to complement existing legislation.

We already propose two types of indicators. First of all a headline indicator on Resource Productivity to measure the main objective of this Roadmap: improving economic performance while easing pressure on natural resources. Second, we suggest a series of complementary indicators for key natural resources such as water, land, materials and carbon, to take account of the EU?s global consumption of these resources.

If there is one key to resource efficiency, then it is surely an integrated approach. The success of this sustainability agenda depends on the extent to which we will be able to see it as a watermark in related policy areas.

The Commission recently adopted a Communication on Rio+20, spelling out these hopes in full. I co-authored this with my colleague Andris Piebalgs, the Commissioner for Development. By integrating environment with development concerns, we show the urgent need to address what are in fact two sides of the same coin. A positive outcome at Rio is hard to imagine unless the views of developing countries are taken into account.

A key theme is that of ?Investing in Resources and Natural Capital?: the ?what?. That is, investing in natural resources such as water, renewable energy, the marine environment, sustainable agriculture, waste & recycling. For the ?how?, we need to promote regulatory environments and conditions to stimulate markets: this can include eco-taxes, removal of harmful subsidies, mobilising public and private financial resources and investing in green jobs. The ?who? requires us to improve governance and private sector involvement: this means reinforcing and streamlining governance structures (for instance upgrading UNEP) and ensuring much greater business involvement.

Civil society will have an important role as a catalyst in such national developments. The Economic and Social Committee, with your network of sister organisations around the world, will have a vital role to play, building an understanding of the need for resource efficient growth models in the run up to Rio, and countering the idea that green growth is merely a thin cloak that veils the interests of developed countries.
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