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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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Durban?s Green Climate Fund
?Finding a workable way forward is the defining issue at Durban,? said Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, better known as the UNFCCC.

For two weeks in Durban, 195 Parties to the Convention adopted in Rio de Janeiro at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (the ?Rio Earth Summit?) met to discuss the immediate future of the Kyoto Protocol, further commitments of developed countries and evolution of a broader mitigation framework. They also met to hash out details for long term funding arrangements beyond 2012.

At Durban, the most likely success will be progress on the Green Climate Fund. The Fund, agreed upon in Cancun last year, is meant to provide adequate, long-term financing for developing countries, and will be in addition to existing financial mechanisms such as the Global Environment Facility, Fast-Start Finance, Adaptation Fund and other special funds.

The Report of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund was released just ten days before the Durban talks. This report has been the centre of debate at the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) meetings chaired by the COP President, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
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