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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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.

  • Published on: 1 Nov 2011
  • Submitted by: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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A blueprint for ocean and coastal sustainability launched
It is important that ocean issues are considered in the main outcome document of Rio+20. IOC has therefore engaged in the preparation process of the Conference. IOC will be urging discussions on emerging issues of special interest for ocean science like Ocean Acidification, plastics and other marine litter. The outcome of Rio+20 will be of capital importance for the global environment in the coming ten years and IOC is a key player in relation to sustainable development. IOC has received direct accreditation to the process and conference, allowing the Commission to raise its own voice for oceans, in addition to UNESCO's official delegation.

There are many issues affecting the ocean. The fragile and interconnected nature of ocean ecosystems and human activities has in recent decades become readily apparent. From climate change and its diverse impacts on oceans, through to the destruction of and damage to marine ecosystems, the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of the natural environment, including from overfishing and destructive fishing, human impact on the ocean has been profound.

The report "A blueprint for ocean and coastal sustainability" is a product of several UN agencies and programmes (IOC/UNESCO, UNDP, IMO, and FAO) and has benefited from comments from a range of ocean stakeholders, including the World Bank, the Global Ocean Forum, the Pew Foundation, and the World Ocean Council as well as a number of dedicated experts.

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