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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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UNIDO and Germany to increase cooperation
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) agreed to strengthen their cooperation in a variety of fields during a mission by the Director-General of the Organization, Kandeh K. Yumkella, to Berlin that ended on Thursday.

The discussions with the Federal Foreign Office and the Ministries of the Environment and Economic Cooperation and Development covered UNIDO?s cooperation with Germany in such areas as the promotion of energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy to developing countries, as well as the need to promote sustainable industrial development in these countries.

It was agreed that Germany and UNIDO would strengthen their cooperation in these areas, especially in connection with the preparatory process for the Rio+20 summit to be held in 2012, and the broader UN endeavours in these areas being pursued by UN-Energy, the UN system-wide coordination mechanism for energy issues chaired by Yumkella.

Another area where an enhanced cooperation was agreed with the German Government was strengthening the local pharmaceutical industries in developing countries. Referring to the ongoing UNIDO-German cooperation in this field, Yumkella said: ?The German funding has proven truly catalytic in firmly positioning UNIDO at the interface of industrial development and public health. We have come to be recognized by eminent international actors as a credible player whose wealth of experience with industrial development issues has also made us a worthwhile partner in assisting the pharmaceutical industry?s development in our client countries.?

Today, Director-General Yumkella is in Düsseldorf to sign a joint declaration with the CEO of the Metro Group, Eckhard Cordes, in the presence of the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz. The declaration will reinforce an agreement signed by the two parties in September 2009 to cooperate in the development of supply and trade capacity building through supplier upgrading, compliance and sustainability activities in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
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