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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.


Water, women and politics
The ability to innovate and create ways of operating that are sustainable is, increasingly, one of business's strengths. Making an impact requires the right policy frameworks, which will be up for discussion in Rio. It also requires scalability. This is an area Business Alliance for Sustainable Development (BASD) 2012, the official UN Business & Industry Major Group, is focusing on. Its actions will cumulate in the official BASD 2012 Business Day on 19 June 2012, a high-profile platform for interaction between business leaders and policy-makers to identify key actions and catalysts to drive scale, as a final input to the Rio+20 Conference.

Achieving scale

The BASD 2012 Business Day on Tuesday 19 June in Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, a day before the official Rio+20 Conference starts, will include a wide range of business, government, and NGO participants, and will address both sector and cross-cutting issues. Sector discussions will include a variety of sector-oriented dialogue sessions highlighting the business solutions being delivered, the commitments to action, and the hurdles to achieving scale. Sessions currently planned include the following: agriculture, cement, chemicals, consumer goods, energy/power, forestry, materials, oil and gas, transport and others.

Roundtable luncheon

There will be a working "roundtable" luncheon for senior government, business and UN officials (approximately 400 participants). Participants will include heads of state, CEOs, and senior leaders from key stakeholder groups (e.g. UN, NGOs, IFIs). Focusing on the day's theme - achieving scale - and the role of trade and investment in sustainable development. Business commitments to sustainable development also will be featured.

Cross-cutting themes

A range of dialogues and panel discussions addressing the key themes of Rio+20 and other priority areas. All sessions will include a variety of stakeholders, and will foster debate regarding business actions and the complex, system solutions required to achieve scale in sustainable development. Sessions currently planned include the following: Access to Energy, Food Security, Green Economy, Inclusive Business, Corporate Sustainability Reporting, International Governance, Policy frameworks for Sustainable Development, Technology in Sustainable Development, Urbanisation, Water, and others.

Evening Reception

BASD and the World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) will jointly host a reception at the end of the day.

WBDA Awards Ceremony

As the final event of the Business Day, ICC, IBLF and UNDP - the partners in the WBDA - will host the WBDA ceremony.
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