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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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AfDB and WWF team up for the environment in Africa
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and global conservation group WWF have come together to work closely on green economy and development issues in Africa. Both organizations signed a cooperative framework to this effect in Geneva on 20 July.

The heads of the two organizations agreed to highlight the growing links between environmental protection and sustainable development and the need to work on such issues as climate adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, and ecosystems.

The partnership will address some of Africa?s most urgent sustainability issues, with an initial collaboration that focuses on three areas: developing win-win partnerships with emerging economies and strengthening South-South cooperation; catalysing knowledge sharing and knowledge products for green growth and sustainable development; and collaborating on energy and water resource management and climate change.

The two leaders agreed to focus first and foremost on a few concrete, practical and innovative initiatives, targeted to their strategic directions. They plan, for example, to collaborate on a joint publication taking stock of Africa?s biodiversity and footprint, to be released in time for Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012. They also plan to leverage support for a successful outcome at the upcoming climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa this December.
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