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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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European environment conference a vital platform for sustainable development ? Ban
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today?s start of a European environmental conference by welcoming the efforts of the region?s countries to implement green policies and measures to boost sustainable development.

?By working on an equal footing, the 56 Member States for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), intergovernmental organizations active in the region, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and other stakeholders have been able to take many significant decisions,? he said.

?These include environmental assessments, institutional mechanisms for cooperation, multilateral environmental agreements and policy instruments, and multi-stakeholder partnerships,? Mr. Ban noted, in a message delivered by Jan Kubis, UNECE Executive Secretary to the three-day conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The Secretary-General said he was pleased that the two central themes of the conference ? water and greening the economy ? complement the focus of the upcoming Rio +20, the UN conference on sustainable development which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

Mr. Ban also noted that the UNECE Conventions on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes will soon be open to countries outside the UNECE region.

Today?s conference is part of the Environment for Europe process, a partnership of member States within the UNECE region, UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector and other major groups tackle environmental concerns in the region.
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