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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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Earth Summit Initiators Prepping in Israel Today
Israeli leaders have started hosting a preparatory meeting for the 2012 Earth Summit (Rio + 20), the UN Conference for Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The preparatory meeting is now taking place today through to October 27 in the Maccabia Village in Ramat Gan.

At the 1992 Earth Summit, which was also held in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders discussed the possible impact of future development on the environment and adopted international environmental conventions, such as the Climate Change Convention. Ten years later, another world summit was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the purpose of boosting global commitment to sustainable development.

The Israeli meeting will be attended by senior representatives of countries from all over the world as well as from the UN Secretariat and UN agencies, headed by UN Under-Secretary-General and head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Mr. Sha Zukang. The meeting will deal with green agriculture as part of a green economy and as a tool for economic development and eradication of poverty.

The summary of this international meeting will be included in the draft of the outcome document of the Rio summit.

The meeting in Israel is being organized by MASHAV ? Israel?s Agency for International Development Cooperation at the Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in cooperation with UNDESA.
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