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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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Regional Seminar held in Santiago today: Strengthening the Role of the UN in Global Governance
"The United Nations (UN) must make changes in order to respond to a world which is no longer organized into countries, but rather is structured on global networks", stated ECLAC Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena today at the opening of the regional seminar on "The United Nations in global governance", which ends on Tuesday.

During the meeting, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Bárcena called, in particular, to strengthen the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), making it a forum which can bring together all of the Bretton Woods institutions, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.

During the opening of the seminar, Alfredo Moreno, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile, stated that within the framework of the current economic crisis "we have seen collective and multilateral answers, but they have been from actors such as the G-20, which brings together great economic powers including emerging economies".

In the same way, the President of the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, expressed that "the global governance landscape is becoming more fragmented and more complex. Traditional multilateral institutions, like the UN and the Bretton Woods institutions are increasingly criticized for not being efficient and representative enough".
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