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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's message to seventh "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference
I am pleased to send greetings to this important conference, and I thank the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan for hosting it.

This conference marks the 20th anniversary of the Environment for Europe process that has provided a vital platform for pan-European cooperation on the environment and sustainable development. By working on an equal footing, the 56 Member States of UNECE, intergovernmental organizations active in the region, NGOs, the private sector and other stakeholders have been able to take many significant decisions. These include environmental assessments, institutional mechanisms for cooperation, multilateral environmental agreements and policy instruments, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Next year, the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development offers a major opportunity for progress, both within the pan-European region and globally. I am pleased that the two central themes of your meeting ? water and greening the economy ? complement the focus of Rio+20.

I know that the sustainable management of water figures prominently among your concerns. I am encouraged to note that the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes will soon be open to countries outside the UNECE region.

I also welcome the efforts of many countries in the ECE region to implement green policies and measures in key sectors. By sharing these examples and agreeing on further steps towards a green economy, the region can provide important impetus for gains at the global level.

As a highly diverse region, encompassing developed and developing countries, you have much experience to offer. Your work here can help foster success in Rio. I encourage you to send a clear message to the global preparatory process that sustainable development must be our top priority and must be achieved. I wish you a productive meeting.
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