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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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UN-backed awards seek to honour businesses with sustainable development practices
Businesses with innovative models that enhance commercial success as well as contribute to sustainable development have been invited by the United Nations to participate in the World Business and Development Awards (WBDA), which launched its nominations today.
Organizations engaged in practices that are delivering commercially-viable solutions and helping to improve social, economic and environmental conditions are eligible to apply regardless of size or location.

According to a news release issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a co-organizer of the awards, this year?s prizes will be given to companies with inclusive business models that expand access for low-income people to goods and services, or improve their livelihoods by engaging them in value chains as direct employees, suppliers or distributors, while also generating sales and profit growth.

?Past award winners have shown how companies can help boost sustainable growth and development,? said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. ?They can be a tremendous source of innovative and sustainable solutions which help transform people?s lives for the better.?

An international judging panel made up of representatives of the organizing partners as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, business entities, and international institutions will determine this year?s winners.

The award ceremony will be held on 19 June, during the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20). In honour of the conference?s host country, Brazil, there will be a special category designated for Brazil-based companies.

The awards seek to demonstrate how companies can, through their core business activities, help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ? eight internationally agreed targets to reduce poverty and environmental degradation and improve education, health conditions and gender equality by 2015.

?As progress towards the Millennium Development Goals comes under threat in the current economic climate, the awards will highlight the critical role of the private sector in stimulating sustainable economic growth and development,? said Secretary General for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Jean-Guy Carrier.

Now in its tenth year, the WBDAs are organized by the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), the ICC and UNDP. This year?s partners include the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the UN Global Compact.
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