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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: 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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A new model for sustainable water supply in the developing world
More than 1 billion people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. In spite of many years of humanitarian aid and development, it remains a major challenge to ensure access to water for all people. The sustainability rate on water projects in developing countries is alarmingly low, due to a lack of resources, capabilities and spare parts for service and maintenance.

With the Grundfos LIFELINK solution the Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos is applying its core competencies in solving the challenge of providing sustainable access to water for rural and peri-urban communities in the developing world. The company has developed a solution for sustainable water projects that not only includes modern pump technology driven by solar energy, but also a sustainable model for ongoing financial management and technical service. Through an innovative payment system based on mobile banking the water revenue is automatically collected and finances the ongoing service and maintenance, which is carried out by a local team of professional service technicians. Thereby, Grundfos LIFELINK is providing a self-sustaining model for water projects in rural and peri-urban areas of the developing world.

It might sound simple, but in reality it is a new paradigm in delivering sustainable water supply to the people who need it the most, and it shows the potential of business in providing innovative solutions for sustainable development. Through partnerships with the Kenyan government, the UN, Danida and other development organisations, 50,000 people in rural and peri-urban areas of Kenya now have reliable access to safe water from a LIFELINK system. This means a radical improvement in quality of life for the community members, and furthermore, it has brought about new livelihood opportunities in the communities where people start small businesses with water distribution, growing crops, or investing in livestock.

Based on the experiences in Kenya since 2009, Grundfos LIFELINK is now expanding to other countries across Africa and looking towards Asia and Latin America in the coming years.

To see more about the initiative, here's a video about the Grundfos LIFELINK.
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