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


Developing Clean Competitive Cities Key to Asia's Future - ADB Forum
Asian cities need to make continuous efforts to become livable, competitive, inclusive and environmentally sustainable cities, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda told a forum here on 15 November, 2011.

?With approximately 80% of GDP today coming from urban areas, the quality and efficiency of Asia?s cities and their ability to innovate will determine the region?s long-term productivity and overall stability,? Mr. Kuroda said.

The three-day Asian Urban Forum titled ?Financing Future Cities? has drawn leading officials from central and municipal governments, financing institutions, the private sector, as well as representatives of non-government organizations, academia and multilateral agencies. The event, which is being hosted and organized by ADB, is looking at how to plan, develop and finance green, competitive, sustainable cities, drawing on real experiences from around the globe.

Half the world?s megacities with populations of over 10 million are in Asia, but their extraordinary rise has come at a cost. Rapid urbanization is adding huge pressure on secondary cities which are growing fastest. Over 200 million urban dwellers live in poverty, many in grim city slums. Pollution is worsening, and climate change presents a new threat with the onset of increasingly severe natural disasters.

ADB is launching a new publication, ?Competitive Cities in the 21st Century: Cluster Based Local Economic Development?, at the forum. The book gives governments, businesses, the private sector and communities a blueprint for planning competitive, sustainable and inclusive urban economies.
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