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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Chabot Space & Science Center Awarded $14,000 Grant for Youth Presentation for Earth Summit (Rio+20)
Chabot Space & Science Center's innovative youth volunteer outreach program, Galaxy Explorers, has been chosen by the Association of Science & Technology Centers ("ASTC") as one of ten science centers worldwide to participate in SCEnaRioS: Science Centers Engagement and the Rio Summit. The program is collaboration between ASTC, UNESCO and the Foundation FIOCRUZ, intended to engage young people around the world in a discussion around major topics central to the deliberations at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro this June.

Chabot's Galaxy Explorers will work with youth teams from Canada and Denmark to create a web-based discussion and presentation concerning Clean Alternative Energies and the Green Economy. Youth teams from science centers in Brazil, Mozambique, Australia, Singapore, China, Florida and Colombia will address water and health topics. Their combined work will serve as the core of a virtual library of online activities and exhibitions to provide science center/museum experience to places in the world that do not yet have such centers.

The Galaxy Explorers' work will also be presented at the 6th Science Center World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in September and at the "Planet Under Pressure" conference, which brings leading scientists from around the globe to London in March 2012 to discuss the science behind the Rio+20 priorities. The final results from the teams will be featured during the Rio+20 conference in June, to illustrate the unique contributions science centers can make to the implementation of UN and UN agencies' global policies.
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