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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Food & Agriculture Systems at Rio+20
Sign our Zero Draft Position Paper NOW
Attached you find a first version of a position paper elaborated by a group of like-minded NGOs. It
calls for a socially fair and ecologically sustainable food system. The paper provides governments with
concrete action points they should aim for at the Rio+20 summit. So far almost 40 organizations have
signed on to these positions. We are planning on submitting a revised version of this position paper to
the Rio conference secretariat that are preparing the Rio zero draft negotiating document. In order to
be included in the zero draft wide support is needed. If you wish to sign the petition either go to
www.timetoactrio20.org or send an email to rio2012agcso@gmail.com
2. Contribute to the final version of our Zero Draft Position Paper until
October 2011
We would like to open a process of discussion and revision on the presented position paper. The plan
is to provide a revised version by the end of October (Nov 1st is the deadline for submissions for the
Zero Draft) that will serve as our official entry to the secretariat and hopefully be incorporated into the
zero draft. To achieve this we would like to encourage you to submit your thoughts on the positions
provided either on www.timetoactrio20.org or via email to rio2012agcso@gmail.com by the 20th of
October
3. Influence governments from now to Rio and get sustainable &
people centered food & agriculture systems on the Rio agenda
To get a desirable outcome at Rio+20 direct advocacy with governments is indispensable. It is important
we ensure that food and agriculture systems are adequately represented and discussed in Rio. If
you are involved with a government, get in touch with us so that we can utilize existing synergies.
Step 1 ? Influence governmental submissions to the Zero Draft: Governments themselves are preparing
their own submissions for the Zero Draft (deadline Nov 1st). We are currently talking, amongst other
to officials of several Governments. This is not enough; a great number of both developed and developing
countries need to be approached. Many governments are currently holding consultations or
have entire processes in place to develop their positions for the Rio conference. Inform yourself on the
ongoing processes in your government ? usually the Ministry of Environment or Foreign Affairs will be
in charge. Participate in relevant meetings and present the messages provided in our position paper.
Step 2 ? Keep influencing and talking with Governments. Governments will still be formulating their
positions right up to Rio. In-fact many Governments are still unsure what the Green Economy concept
really is. So there is plenty of opportunity to help shape the concept and focus governments on sustainable
and people centered food and agriculture systems.
4. Participate in the UNCSD Rio+20 Process
The negotiating process for Rio is still going on. With several regional implementation meetings and
an inter-sessional coming up this year and almost four weeks of negotiations next year there are still
many possibilities to influence positions of governments and IGOs. Take part in these meetings (you
can find them at www.uncsd2012.org) and lobby for sustainable and people centered food systems.
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