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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

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At time of global transition, UN more necessary than ever to tackle challenges ? Ban
With the world facing a pivotal juncture in its history, the global need for the United Nations has never been greater in tackling multiple issues, from sustainable development to ensuring peace to mitigating mega-disasters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

He also highlights the shifts in economic power as parts of Africa and Asia have emerged as new engines of global growth, and the rising incidence of ?mega-disasters,? such as the devastating 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, this year?s quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, and the massive flooding last year in Pakistan, with their huge costs in terms of lives, livelihoods and development.

He calls achieving sustainable development imperative, not only by redoubling efforts to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to slash a host of social ills, such as poverty and hunger, infant and maternal mortality, disease, and lack of access to health care and education, all by the target date of 2015, but also to forge a vision and framework for post-2015 development.

In the area of peace and security, he notes that the past five years have begun to witness the positive impact of strengthened UN prevention capacity when it is harnessed by Member States to help them defuse internal and cross-border tensions.

While noting steps already taken to tackle mega-disasters, he stresses the need to reshape response strategies and place a much higher premium on disaster risk reduction. To bolster its capacities, the UN has already started forging new types of partnerships with the business community and civil society and is trying out new technologies to coordinate responders and link them to victims.

Noting that the UN has supported calls for democracy in the Middle East and North Africa and urged the international community to protect civilians from ?egregious violations? of their rights in Côte d?Ivoire and Libya, he stresses the ?important positive impact that this advocacy work can have in supporting the people on the front lines fighting for human rights, the rule of law and democracy, as well as the responsibility to protect?
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