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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: 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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EEB: Aarhus Convention should be a ?gift? to RIO+20
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has called on the 44 Parties to the Aarhus Convention from Europe and Central Asia to make the Convention a ?gift? to the Rio+20 conference next year. Today is the final day of the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MoP) to the Aarhus Convention, which takes place in Chisinau, Moldova.

The Aarhus Convention is a landmark in environmental democracy. Adopted in 1998, it seeks to guarantee the rights of the public to have access to information, to participate in decision-making and to have access to justice in environmental matters.

Addressing Environmental Ministers and other delegates at today?s meeting during a high level panel discussion, EEB Secretary General Jeremy Wates said that it was important to remove obstacles for countries outside the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) area to accede to the Convention, and thus help increase environmental democracy globally.

Source: European Environmental Bureau (press release)
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