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

17th AU Summit / Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20 held in Malabo
The African Union Commission, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the UN Environment programme and the African Development Bank met on 29 June in a round table high level dialogue on preparations for, and expectations from Rio+20 and beyond. The dialogue, held on the sidelines of the 17th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, was an opportunity for African political leaders and decision makers to reflect on, and provide guidance on the continent's preparations for the conference.

Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in June 2012, 20 years after the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was adopted. The Declaration had a global plan of action (Agenda 21) meant to ensure sustainable development through integration of environment and development issues.

However a five year review conducted in 1997 reported that little progress had been made in implementing Agenda 21. Rio+20 will therefore focus on two themes: i.e. a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication: and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Source: African Press Organization
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