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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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Rights for Sustainability (R4S) Campaign is now on Facebook!
The Rights for Sustainability (R4S) Initiative coordinated by Ibon is a platform for advocacy that aims to promote a rights-based approach to sustainable development as a way of ensuring that inter- and intra-generational equity and justice are central concerns in the reform agenda at Rio+20 and beyond. This is also one way to counter the market-oriented, corporate-led green economy agenda that currently dominates policy-making circles.

It serves as platform for enjoining CSOs to use the Rio process to demand clear mandates and commitments for public officials to take action to fulfill the above rights and provide conditions for rights claimants to hold duty bearers accountable, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, donors, international financial institutions, transnational corporations, international NGOs and other actors.

The R4S Initiative can also be one way of reaching out to more groups and encouraging them to engage in the Rio process. As a platform for lobbying, it should also feed into the Major Groups processes at the same time facilitating CSO engagement with governments at the national and global levels.

To launch this initiative, Ibon International organized the "Global Civil Society Workshop on the Rio+20 Zero Draft and Rights for Sustainability" back-to-back with the UN Division for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) training session for members of the Major Groups in connection with the Jan. 25-27 Informal Consultation on Rio+20 Zero Draft. Around 70 participants from various civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements participated in this event to examine the content of the Zero Draft of the outcome document for Rio+20 and to strategize how to influence the outcome of the negotiations in favor of a rights-based approach to sustainability. It further aimed to analyze to what extent key CSO asks on human rights, equity and justice are reflected in the draft and to bring civil society voices from the South to engage in the official Rio+20 process.
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