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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: or or

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

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

  • Published on: 6 Mar 2012
  • Submitted by: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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Universities mobilize for green societies: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative for Rio+20
Higher Education Institutions around the globe have a crucial role to play in designing the ?Future We Want?. In the lead up to the conference, UNESCO, together with other UN agencies collaborating with university networks invites leaders of the international academic community to sign a declaration, committing themselves to developing sustainable practices for Universities.

Twenty years after the world adopted a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection at the Earth Summit in Rio 1992, the declaration has been prepared to highlight the special responsibility of Higher Education Institutions to promote development through research and learning.

Leaders of the academic community around the globe are called upon to commit themselves to fostering research and teaching on sustainable development issues, greening their campuses and engaging with international frameworks such as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development for which UNESCO is the lead agency.

Education for sustainable development aims at enabling everyone to acquire the values, competencies, skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to building more sustainable societies. This implies revising teaching content to respond to global and local challenges. It should also promote participatory teaching methods that allow students to acquire skills such as interdisciplinary thinking, integrated planning, understanding complexity, cooperating with others in decision-making processes, and participating in local, national and global processes towards sustainable development.

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