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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UN-Energy Retreat
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization convened a UN-Energy Retreat in Vienna, Austria on 10-11 February 2011 to define the group's priorities in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012).

UN-Energy comprises 20 UN agencies, programmes and organizations, including the five Regional Commissions. It was established in 2004 to helps ensure system-wide coherence in the implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development's (WSSD) energy-related decisions.

The retreat was convened by UNIDO and sought to ?unify the UN family working in the energy field and to enhance cooperation between the UN and key external stakeholders.? Participants stated their commitment to concentrating on the achievement of the two energy-related goals identified in 2010 by the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change. The two goals were to achieve universal energy access, and reduce global energy intensity by 40% by 2030.

UN-Energy will bring these goals forward at the 17th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011, and at the UNCSD in Brazil in 2012.
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