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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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In Expanding Energy Access, Businesses Can Reap Benefits
Sustainable Energy for All, a new initiative launched by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for businesses to support U.N. efforts to improve energy access, was the focus of the 2011 United Nations Private Sector Forum held Sep. 20 during the General Assembly.

The U.N. General Assembly has named 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy For All.

The Framework for Business Action was also introduced during the forum, hosted by the U.N. Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, in collaboration with UNIDO.

One goal of the framework is to engage governments, the private sector and civil society to ensure that those currently lacking access to modern energy services will gain that access by 2030. Another target is to increase global renewable energy by that year.

According to Matthias Stausberg, spokesperson for the UN Global Compact, many businesses have already initiated collective action within the industry and are actively engaged in partnerships with the U.N. and other organisations.

The Framework for Business Action and Sustainable Energy for All initiatives are just two examples of the many steps leading up to the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, to be held next year in Brazil.
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