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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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  • Published on: 30 Nov 2011

Future Perfect - A co-publication between Tudor Rose and UNDESA for Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Tudor Rose and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are collaborating on a publication
for Rio+20.

Future Perfect will enable organizations to demonstrate and share their work and experiences in sustainable development
since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

In June 1992, the first UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) was held in Rio de Janeiro and adopted an
agenda for environment and development in the 21st Century.

Agenda 21: A Programme of Action for Sustainable Development contains the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, which recognizes each nation?s right to pursue social and economic progress and assigned to States the responsibility of adopting a model of sustainable development. Agreements were also reached on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Framework Convention on Climate Change. UNCED for the first time mobilized the Major Groups and legitimized their participation in the sustainable development process. This participation has remained a constant until today. For the first time also, the lifestyle of the current civilization was addressed in Principle 8 of the Rio Declaration.

The urgency of a deep change in consumption and production patterns was expressly and broadly acknowledged by State leaders. Agenda 21 further reaffirmed that sustainable development was delimited by the integration of the economic, social and environmental pillars.

The spirit of the conference was captured by the expression ?Harmony with Nature?, brought into the fore with the first principle of the Rio Declaration: ?Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.?

Now, almost twenty years later, and the challenge laid down in 1992 is still a daunting one, however the deep societal changes that need to take place are on the agenda. The work to develop knowledge around lifestyle and education is still the most important aspect of securing a sustainable future.

In his closing remarks at the Asian and Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Mr. Sha Zukang, the Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs spoke in anticipation of Rio+20 (the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012), saying that failure at Rio+20 is not an option. Humanity is at a crossroads and we must use Rio+20 to guide us towards a sustainable world ? it is the future we want.

The importance of participation and ownership by all stakeholders ? including business and industry, the academic and scientific communities, and civil society at large ? is vital to the success of Rio+20. They must be true partners in the run up to and followup of the Rio+20 outcome.

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