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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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  • Published on: 20 Dec 2011
  • Source: Sri Lanka's National Newspaper / Daily News
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Taking on the Energy Crunch
It was a sunny day with clear skies. The aircraft, having taken off from Dubai and being airborne for about nine hours, was nearing its destination. The bird?s eye view, I had through the window of the descending aircraft been fascinating. There, I saw a vast stretch of sandy beach towards which dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean, cursing relentlessly and creating milky waves of some pattern. At last, the air craft made a perfect touchdown at its destination, the airport in Durban-South Africa.

Durban always reminds me of Mahatma Gandhi. About 150 years ago, the British colonials brought Indian indentured labourers to South Africa for sugar cane plantation work. Gandhi was a practicing lawyer who subsequently ventured into politics, using nonviolence as a novel tool to deal against violent Western imperialism. Presently, in Durban - South Africa, a new form of nonviolence movement is under way. It is the crusade against global warming, perpetrated by the same violent Western imperialism in the name of development.

The latest Climate Change Conference or COP 17 was held in Durban-South Africa. It is one of the BASIC countries in which others are emerging super powers- Brazil, China and India. Playing host to the Summit Conference, South Africa which leads 56 countries of the Arabian Union is now a key player in climate change deliberations. Once been a neglected and exploited continent, Africa is now rapidly growing at a rate of six percent, surpassing its former conquerors and exploiters, such as North America and Europe and it is presently open towards China, India and Asia at large.
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