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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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Secretary-General starts countdown clock to ?sustainable? London Olympics
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon started a one-year countdown clock for next year?s Olympic Games in London, which have been dedicated to the goal of sustainability.

Mr. Ban connected wires to start the clock, a smaller replica of the modernistic clock in Trafalgar Square that is keyed to the opening ceremonies in London on the evening of 27 July 2012.

Noting that the games are dedicated to sustainability, the Secretary-General said: ?As we all know, sustainability is the capacity to endure, as all Olympic athletes must do. Here at the United Nations, it is the necessity to co-exist harmoniously with our natural world.?

?As Secretary-General of the United Nations, sustainability will be my Number One priority in the years to come? I am now in the process of consulting the Member States to have all their views and priorities ? how we can make this only planet earth environmentally sustainable, where many people ? big countries or small countries, rich or poor ? can live harmoniously and promote harmonious development.?

The London Olympics organizing committee has pledged to attempt to make the Games environmentally friendly by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and the impact of the event on local wildlife.
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