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March 17, 2010

FLYING TO RIO TO SOLVE URBAN PROBLEMS

AL KAMEN, WASHINGTON POST - Know anything about housing? Ever live in a city? Well, get those bags packed, pronto! You can join Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and Deputy Secretary Ronald Sims, plus three assistant secretaries and aides -- 14 HUD people in all. They will be joined by 20 officials from other government agencies for a spectacular week long event in, yes, RIO!

No, it's not Carnival. That was a few weeks ago. Three HUD advance people are down there helping to prepare for the mammoth United Nations World Urban Forum, the world's biggest meeting on cities. Some 16,000 folks are signed up. Don't delay. Online registration ends Thursday. . .

We're told it is somewhat unusual for the secretary and the deputy to be out of the country together, but Donovan, who is taking his family along, will be at the earlier part of the conclave so he can then enjoy a couple of days of vacation time. Sims, also taking his spouse, will be on hand for the latter part.

Former president Bill Clinton is going to be there, along with heads of state from Uganda, Bahrain and the Philippines, a U.N.-Habitat announcement says. "They will be joined by mayors, business and industry leaders from every continent, and many of the world's leading urban movers and shakers.". .

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not available, especially in this economy, to many urban dwellers. Remember, it's early fall down there, with temps this weekend expected to be in the mid-80s. Dress appropriately.


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