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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

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Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment The 2012 UN conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) (Part)
Europe's position is not secure. We have the world's highest net imports of resources per person, and our economy relies heavily on imported raw materials and energy.

What we are calling for is a large-scale switch to a resource-efficient economy.

The vision for this transformation is set out by the Commission in the Flagship initiative adopted in January. A flagship which is, significantly, a flagship of the main structural economic strategy for the Union? Europe 2020.

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, such as market-based instruments that can provide the right market messages and adjust prices to reflect the real costs of resources.

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.

It's my belief that the Rio+20 Conference next year is a unique opportunity to push that agenda. There is a genuine possibility that the conference could mark the start of global transition to a green economy.

The Commission recently adopted a Communication on Rio+20, spelling out these hopes in full.

The Communication takes stock of what has been achieved so far. It maps out key policies and actions needed in the transition to green economy; it addresses the "what", the "how" and the "who" at international, national and regional levels.

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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