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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 conference: AU advocates Africa?s common stand at Rio +20 conference
The president of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, Monday urged Africa to adopt a common and consensus-based stand at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO +20), scheduled for June in Brazil. Addressing the African Ministerial Preparatory Meeting for Rio +20, which began on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Ping said Rio would provide the ideal forum for Africa to clearly express to the international community its needs as part of its efforts to eradicate poverty and achieving sustainable development. 'This is for us to take full advantage of this opportunity and be mobilized, well-prepared and with a strong common position ahead of the Rio conference' said Ping. 'When Africa speaks with one voice, or rather one single voice, it is always heard and listened to, especially when it comes to its own affairs. However, in isolation, the voice of any African country may be inaudible or simply blurred in the context of the new world order which takes shape before our eyes and comes to our doors,' he said.

He stressed that it was not about just speaking with one voice, but also supporting and consolidating a common position in keeping with what Africa had done before.

The ministerial meeting, which is being attended by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, in charge of coordinating Africa?s preparations for the Rio +20, aims to review the objectives and themes of Rio +20, as well as other issues relevant to Africa.

It is designed to reach consensus on key priorities and concerns of the continent for their inclusion in the final documents to be presented in Rio.

The ministerial meeting is also discussing, among other issues, the implementation of commitments to sustainable development and new and emerging challenges, green economy as part of sustainable development and poverty eradication, institutional and strategic frameworks for sustainable development and the elimination of deficits in implementation processes.

The meeting will end Tuesday after the adoption of the consensus statement for Africa ahead of the Rio +20 and the draft resolution for submission to the African Union summit.
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