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.

Information

Farmer Input into Rio +20
Overview for Farmers Major Group

Since 1992, when Agenda 21 set out nine major groups, farmers have been active in the Commission on Sustainable Development. The organising partners for the Farmers Major Group are themselves international farmer groups and provide input into content and process. As well, organising partners facilitate engagement of their communities ? in this case: farmers. Among the organising partners? duties:
- Updating the Rio+20 web site to share information and key deadlines
- Gather inputs to prepare farmers major group submissions
- Be a focal point for requests to attend official Rio+20 events
- Assist, wherever possible, farm groups with loading web site materials such as case studies, notices of events related to Rio+20, and other materials
- Co-ordinate selection of spokespeople in formal Rio+20 sessions

This notice outlines the mechanisms to prepare for the written submissions to Rio+20 and the events leading up to the conference.

Principles
The submission will be respectful.

The submission will focus on the three pillars of sustainable development: social, economic, and environmental.

The submission will be constructive, focusing on mechanisms to improve outcomes on sustainable development.

The farmers major group submission shall represent the maximum consensus possible. Of course broad consensus adds weight and value to the submission. Should any farmer group wish to submit a separate/additional paper it can do so.

Statements at key events will be based on the submission paper and a minority position will be assumed if necessary.

The organising partners are very pleased to work with you heading into Rio+20. The modalities for participation are as follows:


Written Submission by October 31
Written submissions from any group will be accepted by the secretariat until October 31 on the themes of:
a. The Green Economy
b. Institutional Framework of Sustainable Development Governance
c. Emerging issues and objectives of the conference

Heading into Rio+20 the farmers major group has until October 31 to submit a final paper to the secretariat. The following timeline will facilitate the development of a shared farmer paper:

July 30 - deadline for suggestions from national and regional farmer groups. Point form or prose is welcome. Send to robynne@robynneanderson.com

September 10 REVISED SEPTEMBER 23- draft document for circulation to ?farmers? list serve of national and regional farmer organisations and ?friends of farmers?. All welcome to comment, however, farm groups receive priority on comments.

October 5 ? deadline for first set of comments

October 1 REVISED OCTOBER 10- revised paper recirculated

October 15 - deadline for second set of comments

October 25 - final draft recirculated

October 30 - document is submitted

Your organisation can to make a submission on its own or to participate in these larger submissions.

Regional Preparatory Meetings
Regional meetings are planned. Please visit the main website for Rio+20 to watch for dates and locations. (http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=26)

Intersessional
The next Intersessional meeting will be held in New York in December 15 and 16 to prepare for Rio +20, then again March 5-7. The PrepCom will be May 28-30th. Please visit the main website for Rio+20 to watch for dates and registration details. http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/

Side events
At the various meetings, there will be an opportunity to hold side events. If you would like to host one, we can facilitate the application process for you. As well, we can include you in recommendations for possible farmer groups to use when others are hosting events. All side events can be posted on the farmers portion of the Rio+20 web site, just send the details to robynne@robynneanderson.com

Web site
There is a farmers section in the Rio +20 web site. If you would like to do a 1-2 page case study on your efforts and how they relate to the Green Economy, public-private partnerships and/or food security, they can be referenced on the web site. Please load the document on your web site and send a short description of the case study, plus the link to robynne@robynneanderson.com

Rio +20
Being held in Brazil in June 4-6 2012 and preceded by the PrepCom III, you may want to send someone to the event as part of the farmers delegation. If you decide to do so, the organizing partners will be happy to assist with registration arrangements to the best of our ability. Priority is given to ECOSOC and CSD registered organisations. Availability of funding for travel may be limited and has not yet been disclosed.



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