For Media

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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  • Published on: 9 Dec 2011
  • Submitted by: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UN General Assembly Calls for UNESCO-IHP to Support Countries
On 9 December 2011 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at its Sixty-sixth session adopted a new Resolution on the ?Law of Transboundary Aquifers?. This Resolution calls upon the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) to support countries in the sustainable and equitable management of their transboundary aquifers. It also encourages UNESCO-IHP to continue its scientific and technical work on the assessment of the transboundary aquifers of the world, an action that is pivotal for the peaceful sharing of groundwater resources and the prevention of conflicts.

Transboundary aquifers are an important aspect of global water resource systems together with transboundary river basins. However, recognition of their importance in terms of international water policies and legislation still remains very limited. Existing international conventions and agreements barely address aquifer systems. With growing global pressures including climate change, population growth, etc. placed on groundwater resources in general, and on transboundary aquifers in particular, the need for a regulatory framework developing cooperation and joint management of this precious resource becomes increasingly more urgent.

The UNGA Resolution on the ?Law of Transboundary Aquifers? will be brought to the discussion tables of the main upcoming fora dealing with water resources. These include the 6th World Water Forum, taking place in March 2012 in Marseille, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) taking place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.
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