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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EU partnership with South Africa
The European Union is committed to pursuing its engagement with South Africa and to strengthening the strategic partnership with its largest trading partner in Africa.

The fourth EU-South Africa Summit, to take place in the Kruger National Park, South Africa on 15 September, will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate this commitment. The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Josť Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. In addition, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht will be present.

The Republic of South Africa will be represented by President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister for National Planning Trevor Manuel, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Minister for Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, Minister for Trade Rob Davies, and Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa.

The following issues will be discussed:

Global issues: South Africa will preside the UN climate conference (COP 17) in Durban on 28 November to 9 December 2011. Climate change will therefore be a key issue on the agenda, together with the preparations for the "Rio+20" conference on global sustainable development in 2012. In addition, topics relating to the G20 and global economic governance will be discussed.

Regional issues: The Presidents will have an exchange of views on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan, Zimbabwe and in North Africa and the Middle East following the "Arab Spring". The negotiations for an economic partnership agreement between the EU and the Southern African Development Community EPA negotiations' group will also be raised.

Bilateral cooperation and the EU-South Africa strategic partnership, notably coordination in the area of development cooperation, given that South Africa intends to become active as a donor itself.

A strong relationship has evolved between the European Union and South Africa since the birth of South African democracy in 1994.

This relationship is underpinned by the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) signed in 1999, which provides the legal basis for close relations on trade, development, economic cooperation and political dialogue.

The significance of South Africa for the EU was consolidated with the establishment of a Strategic Partnership in 2007, with two main pillars: (i) enhanced political dialogue on issues of shared interest like climate change, the global economy, bilateral trade, and peace and security matters and (ii) policy dialogues and sectoral cooperation on a broad range of areas (environment, science & technology, transport, space, etc.).
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