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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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Rio 20: African Leaders Stress Importance of Sustainable Development
Heads of state and government ministers from 53 states were among 130 participants at a roundtable event held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea during the African Union Summit of Heads of States and Governments, which ended on 1 July.

Organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank, the roundtable event aimed to provide a platform of high level dialogue for African states to reflect on the continent's preparations for next year's UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

The two main themes of Rio+20 - the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development - were the focus of discussions.

The round table was moderated by Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission and was officially opened by Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo, with Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, and Jean Francois Bozize, President of the Central Africa Republic.

President Zuma of South Africa used the roundtable event to announce the official launch of the South African Renewables Initiative (SARI), which aims to catalyze industrial and economic benefits through a scaling-up of renewable energy in the country.

Source: THISDAY Live
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