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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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.


BASD announces new chair
The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD) has announced Senapathy Gopalakrishnan as its new chair. Mr Gopalakrishnan will lead the BASD in its efforts to ensure that the global business community is well represented during discussions at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio+20).

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), one of the BASD founding organizations ? along with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Global Compact ? commended the choice of Mr Gopalakrishnan as BASD chair.

Mr Gopalakrishnan is the CEO and Managing Director of Infosys, a global consulting and technology services company based in Bangalore, India, and currently serves as Vice President of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been recognized internationally as one of the ?Thinkers 50,? an elite list of global business minds published annually online, and received the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India ? the country?s third-highest civilian honour.

As BASD chair, Mr Gopalakrishnan will coordinate member activities in preparation for Rio+20 and officially represent BASD in the UN negotiation process and related events leading up to the formal Rio+20 conference. He brings expertise in global sustainable development against a background of extensive business experience in developed and developing countries.
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