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: 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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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN?s Top Priority
During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

Stating that "our old model of growth is not only obsolete, it is also dangerous,? Ban underlined the need for a shift towards a green economy with the engagement of all stakeholders.

In a press conference held after the meeting with President Halonen, Ban emphasized the interlinkages among climate change, the food crisis, energy shortages, water scarcity, global health and gender empowerment. He added that sustainable development is the UN's top priority and underscored the importance of raising the awareness of the international community.
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