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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Future Earth ? research for global sustainability
The goals of the Future Earth are to:
? Deliver at global and regional scales the knowledge that societies need to effectively address global change while meeting economic and social goals, by answering the most pressing questions the world needs answered in the context of securing human development in an era of rapidly escalating global environmental risks;
? Coordinate and focus international scientific research to address the Grand Challenges for sustainable development in a fully integrated way;
? Engage a new generation of researchers in the social, economic, natural, health, and engineering sciences in global sustainability research.
? Strengthen science-policy links, and partnership between funders, researchers, end-users (including those from business and policy), and services, to co-design and co-deliver adequately resourced research that provides new insights and solutions to pressing global challenges.

Starting in June 2011, a Transition Team has been guiding the design phase and the early implementation of the Initiative until a new governing body is appointed by the end of 2012. The Initiative will be launched in two stages in 2012?at the Planet Under Pressure conference (26-29 March) and at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development (11-15 June) at Rio+20.

The second meeting of the Transition Team, the committee designing ?Future Earth? Research for global sustainability?, was held on 9-11 December 2011 in San Francisco. Further progress was made in defining a conceptual framework, a research strategy and a governance for Future Earth. The report from this second meeting is now available.
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