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

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Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

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


Biovision and IFOAM Messages
The UNCSD 2012 (Rio+20) must include agreements on food and agriculture that
1. ensure agriculture?s primary purpose is to nourish all people and communities both
today and in the future with healthy, diverse and culturally appropriate food that
respects animal welfare and the integrity of natural ecosystems at both the local and
global level.
2. acknowledge that a transition to an ecologically-based, resilient, fair and fully
inclusive and humane agriculture is essential if the goals of sustainability and poverty
eradication are to be simultaneously achieved.
3. establish a working program under the auspices of FAO that implements the findings
of the 2008 International Assessment of Agricultural Science, Knowledge and
Technology for Development (IAASTD) report with the goal of enabling the
implementation necessary to achieve sustainable development and poverty
4. establish an 'International Multi-stakeholder Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems',
based on the IAASTD process and its objectives, that informs the transition to a
green, fair, ecologically sound and humane agriculture through the provision of
regular updates on Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology options that
address food and water security within the context of sustainable development and
which compliments the role of the CFS of FAO.
5. guarantee the rights of farmers to participate in decision making processes in all
aspects of agriculture processes including production, distribution, pricing,
marketing, standard setting, policy making and regulation of the agricultural
commodities market, and empower them to exercise these rights.
6. ensure that adverse policies that undermine the livelihood and well-being of
agricultural based communities especially in LDCs are removed
7. ensure that agriculture and rural development are treated in a holistic manner
including establishing enabling conditions for investments for sustainable
development in rural areas, which prioritize the needs of small scale food producers,
indigenous peoples, peasants and the rural poor
8. recognize the value of traditional and indigenous knowledge and innovations of
farmers and local communities and protect their rights over this and ensure their
unimpeded access to utilize this knowledge
9. call for agriculture and food systems to be assessed in light of all costs and benefits
including environmental and social externalities, the depletion of natural resources
and resilience of the systems to shocks and gradual changes
10. ensure small scale food producers, indigenous peoples, peasants and the rural poor
are provided with enhanced access to information as basis for decision-making;
access to justice; and free, prior and informed consent for both policy development
and implementation actions on the ground including issues that pose a threat to local
food security and tenurial rights such as land-grabbing
11. ensure that Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food are acknowledged, respected and
universally implemented.
12. establish a multi-stakeholder technology assessment mechanism at the global and
regional levels that assesses the potential environmental, health and social economic
impacts of new and emerging technologies based on the precautionary principle. Such
a mechanism must be transparent and participatory and build the capacities of
countries and communities in all aspects of technology assessment.
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