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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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  • Published on: 1 Sep 2011
  • Source: UN WMO
  • Submitted by: UN-Water
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UN-Water elects new office holders as water moves to centre of sustainable development challenge
World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Mr Michel Jarraud and Mr Bert Diphoorn, Director of Human Settlements Financing Division at UN-Habitat, were elected by consensus as chair and vice chair respectively of UN-Water. With the customary two-year term approaching, the election took place in Stockholm during UN-Water?s 15th meeting.

Challenges including population growth, food security and environmental degradation mean that the UN system ? now more than ever before ? needs to elevate the role of water on the international agenda and to step up efforts to preserve and manage this precious natural resource which is so fundamental to life on our planet.

Mr Jarraud will assume the rotating chair in 2012, a year in which the Rio+20 summit will focus the spotlight on sustainable development and poverty reduction ? including the urgent need to accelerate progress towards the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals.

The decision to upgrade the rotating chair to Executive Head level is designed to further elevate the water agenda within the UN and to strengthen the position of the UN family to support Members in meeting the challenges of water management.
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