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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  • Published on: 12 Mar 2012

USRio+2.0 Conference
From 2 to 4 February 2012, technological innovators and entrepreneurs gathered at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California to discuss the growing role that connection and information technology can play in achieving the ?future we want? through sustainable development. The three-day event, titled USRio+2.0: Bridging Connection Technologies and Sustainable Development, was jointly organized by the US Department of State and Stanford University, and featured some of the best and brightest minds in tech and the field of sustainable development.

Speakers at the event included Chief Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson; Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Nancy Sutley; Administrator of the US Agency for International Development, Rajiv Shah; and Rio+20 Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang.

In her keynote address, Ms Jackson said that ?the world will come to Rio+20 with a set of tools that were unheard of in 1992?[altering] the way that we and the organizations we represent do business, the ways we connect, the ways we educate, and so much else.?

She added, ?advances in technology have connected us to a valuable resource for our work: that is our people. The internet and social networks give citizens from across the globe the ability to participate in the push towards sustainability in their own local communities. It allows them to contribute their local experiences, their personal observations, their indigenous knowledge, which can be tapped locally, but also globally for better results.?

Going along with the theme, the event was highly interactive, featuring talks and moderated panels as well as breakout discussion sessions to encourage audience participation. In addition, social media interaction was strongly promoted at the event through the hashtag #USRio20.

Rio+20 Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang said of social media, ?If we want a future where there is economic growth, equity, social inclusiveness, and environmental sustainability? connection technologies will be critical. We owe our young people, and our children, a hopeful future, a future we all want.?

On the potential that social media has to impact sustainable development going forward, Lisa Jackson said ?we know that these efforts have only just begun to tap the great potential that this resource holds for the issues faced by people in different settings around the world. We should and must challenge ourselves to find new and creative ways to apply existing technologies and look ahead to emerging technologies and potential impacts.?

Useful links
USRio+2.0 website
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