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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First round of Rio+20 negotiations: Major Groups urge Member States to be more ambitious
The initial discussions on the ?zero draft? outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) finished last Friday after the start of the second reading of the first two sections of the zero draft by the delegates. Expectations were high at the start of the initial discussions (25 ? 27 January at the United Nations Headquarters in New York), especially concerning the reactions on the draft outcome document. The latter was prepared by the Co-chairs of the Rio+20 Bureau on the basis of inputs submitted by Member States, Political Groups, United Nations institutions and Major Groups and civil society organizations, and serves as a basis for negotiation. At first sight, the delegates of the various Member States seem to widely share the opinion that the ?zero draft? integrates many key issues of the sustainable development agenda and as such provides a good basis for the negotiations in the coming weeks. However, they also agree that more ambition is needed to make Rio+20 a real success.

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