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

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General Assembly chief highlights ?satisfactory? progress over past year
The General Assembly has made progress over the past year in dealing with the issues of poverty reduction, global governance, a green economy and sustainable development, its outgoing President said today.

On the first issue he noted that the Assembly?s 65th session opened with a world summit on the as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight ambitious targets set at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 that aim to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.

Development issues remained high on the agenda throughout the session and at a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS the international community reaffirmed its commitment to fight the scourge, he added.

Turning to green issues, Mr. Deiss said progress has also been satisfactory, citing the high level meeting on biodiversity, the launching of the International Year of Forests, the debate on disaster risk reduction, and especially the thematic debate in June which improved the understanding of the concept of the green economy and its potential for sustainable economic growth and job creation.

Mr. Deiss, from Switzerland, will be succeeded later this month by Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar as President of the 66th General Assembly.
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