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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 Links Sustainable Development to Security, Renewable Energy
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed Auckland University during his visit to New Zealand and other countries in the region, on 6 September 2011.

Ban traveled to New Zealand to attend the 42nd meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF). While in the region also visited the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, marking the first-ever visit by a UN Secretary-General to those countries.

After highlighting current security crises around the world, Ban said, ?there is no sustainable security, no true guarantor of peace, without sustainable development.? He noted that during his report to the UN General Assembly this month, he would call on the international community to make sustainable development a top priority. He spoke on the immediacy of climate change, and noted that Kiribati and the rest of the region are on its frontlines. In this regard, Ban stressed his commitment to fair solutions, recognizing New Zealand?s leadership in renewable energy solutions to reducing emissions.
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