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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Ban Ki-moon highlights sustainable development as a top priority
On 5 January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited with staff at UN DESA. Giving brief remarks, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of DESA?s work and its significant role in promoting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development. Mr. Ban also praised DESA?s commitment to the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20.

Hundreds of DESA staff gathered to greet the Secretary-General, only four days into his second term as head of the United Nations. He was welcomed by DESA?s Assistant Secretary-Generals Jomo Kwame Sundaramm and Thomas Stelzer, who congratulated him on his second term and conveyed sincere thanks for his continued support for the department.

The Secretary-General underscored that sustainable development will be a ?top priority? during the coming five years. He also emphasized the fact that the organization is working for all of humanity, and specifically for people around the world who need and count on the support of the United Nations.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also expressed his gratitude for DESA?s Under-Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of Rio+20, Sha Zukang, and to all of DESA?s staff, who have shown strong dedication to making Rio+20 a success.

Finally, Mr. Ban also touched upon the challenges of budget cuts that the UN is facing and the need to modernize the way the organization works. A formal presentation on these issues will be made before the General Assembly on 25 January.
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