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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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MEPs call for global green economy targets
The UN?s Rio de Janeiro summit on sustainable development (?Rio+20?) should set "accountable targets", including global goals on renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a resolution approved by Parliament on Thursday.

Parliament?s set of recommendations for next year?s event - due to take place 20 years after the first Earth Summit in 1992 ? was approved with 449 votes in favour, 103 against and 45 abstentions.

Warning of the pressures of climate change, MEPs say that biodiversity and natural resources must be properly valued and accounted for. Parliament supports the European Commission?s call for a "Green Economy Roadmap" and stresses that sustainable growth needs new measures and ?accountable targets?, including global goals to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency. A narrow majority of MEPs meanwhile expressed their opposition to the exploitation of shale gas and tar sands.

The resolution calls for an end to environmentally harmful subsidies by 2020. MEPs also want to see an international tax on financial transactions - as proposed at EU level by the European Commission yesterday ? to support climate and biodiversity protection in developing countries.

The EU will submit a unified position to the UN by the beginning of November, after which international negotiations will lead into the Rio de Janeiro summit in June 2012.
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