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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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Pacific Environment Forum opens in Samoa
The very first Pacific Environment Forum opened in Samoa today, drawing upon the expertise and experience of Pacific environment workers to discuss three vital issues of importance for our region. Today panelists made presentations on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, environmental governance in the Pacific and, adapting to climate change.

?We in the Pacific are fortunate that we still maintain to a large extent our traditions and practices that govern the way we manage and use our natural resources. We have also developed modern and contemporary systems,? said the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Government of Samoa, Hon. Fa?amoetauloa Lealaiauloto Taito Ulaitino Dr F. Tumaali?I. He opened today?s forum with an address that also reflected upon Pacific ownership of our environment.

The Pacific Environment Forum is an initiative from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). It has come about from requests from SPREP members to allow for discussions on key environment issues to the region, outside of the annual SPREP Meeting agenda topics.

Alphonse Kambu, the Programme Officer, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) also spoke at today?s opening ceremony calling upon partnerships to help bring about a thriving green economy.

?Environmental, economic and social crises the world is experiencing today demand governments, international development agencies, and civil society groups to form partnerships and explore innovative and integrated solutions aimed at greening the world economy. These solutions will require investment in clean technologies and building the green economy which creates jobs and opportunities.?

Participants at the Pacific Environment Forum divided into three different working groups in the afternoon to discuss how their topic area can feed into the final outcomes document to be presented at the end of the day.
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