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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Global Environmental Governance: The Role of Local Governments
In his widely read and much appreciated think piece on global environmental governance, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann engages with the question of how the governance framework needs to be designed for genuinely sustainable development to be possible.

One common approach when this matter is discussed is to look at what kind of institutions we have today and how they can be improved. Konrad Otto-Zimmermann argues that we should do it the other way around. We should look not merely at what it is politically feasible to achieve today but at what the world of 2050 needs. If we want to live in a sustainable world in 2050, what kind of governance framework do we then need to set up today?

Looking at the actual needs of the planet ensures that we remain goal oriented. It also leads to the realization that relying exclusively on international conferences where national governments can agree to non-binding commitments may not be enough to get to where we need to be in 2050.

With this in mind, the capacity to act held by cities and local governments becomes important. Cities have the power to implement new initiatives, and are in many parts of the world far more ambitious in their environmental work than the national level. At the same time, cities consume much of the world's resources and have a disproportionate environmental footprint. A new framework for global environmental governance should harness local governments' capacity and willingness to act to help solve the problems they are causing.
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