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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Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (COP10)
On Monday, 17 October 2011, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal began.

COP10 began with a forum on COP10?s theme ?Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Wastes.? Delegates were addressed by Bakary Kante, UNEP, on behalf of UNEP Executive Secretary Achim Steiner, and Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. Presentations on the theme were then made by: Lijun Zhang, Vice Minister of Environment, China; Soledad Blanco, European Commission; Oladele Osibanjo, Basel Convention Regional Coordinating Centre, Nigeria; and Frank Pearl, Minister of Environment, Colombia.

In the late morning, delegates considered financial matters and established a contact group on budget co-chaired by Kerstin Stendahl (Finland) and Osvaldo Álvarez (Chile).

In the afternoon, delegates turned their attention to strategic issues, including: the new strategic framework; the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative (CLI); and BCRCs. It was agreed that two contact groups would meet on the strategic framework and on the CLI, but would use the same co-chairs.

During the evening participants attended a cultural reception hosted by the Government of Colombia.
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