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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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.


Green Growth: Developing Productive Capacity
The move came as negotiators discussed the United Nations zero draft in New York on 29th May ? 2nd June. Supporting the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012, Copa-Cogeca believes green growth is central to improved sustainable development. Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said ?In the EU-27, nearly 28 million people are employed on farms, with over 40 million working in the EU agri-food chain as a whole. Besides generating jobs in rural areas and green jobs, European agriculture and forest management ensures an attractive countryside and a diverse landscape for rural inhabitants, visitors and tourists?.

?In the wake of growing world food demand and limited resources, Copa-Cogeca consequently believes that the only way forward is green growth: developing productive capacity at the same time as improving resource efficiency and without raising farmers costs. Copa-Cogeca is calling for green growth to be the driving force behind sustainable and multifunctional European agriculture and forestry. We believe that green growth is also the way for countries around the world to achieve greater food security, alleviate poverty and improve the urban/rural balance. We do not believe that the Commission proposals to further green the CAP will achieve these aims?, he said.

Mr Pesonen continued ?Investment in research and development and new technologies will be critical in enabling farmers and forestry managers to successfully meet the sustainability challenge?. Copa-Cogeca believes that the interdependency of the three pillars of sustainable development (environmental, social and economic) must be more strongly recognised. Therefore, in order to be sustainable, agricultural activity has to be constant and be carried out within a stable and fair economic framework. ?This can be only be achieved through global regulation of the agricultural markets and by an audacious policy targeting generational renewal?, Mr Pesonen insisted.

Finally, Copa-Cogeca highlights the importance of agri-cooperatives in the context of the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, particularly given that this year has been declared the ?International Year of Cooperatives? by the UN. We consider them one of the key tools for boosting sustainable and integrated development, through common projects for green growth in the environmental, economic and social spheres, with particular focus on rural communities.? Copa-Cogeca believes that the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in June 2012 is a milestone towards a global sustainable society as it will boost green growth?, Mr Pesonen concluded.

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