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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

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

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Education for Sustainable Development fosters green societies ? UNESCO panel in New York
This was the key message of a panel that UNESCO organized on behalf of the Interagency Committee for the UN Decade of ESD during the Rio+20 negotiations on 20 March 2012 at the United Nations in New York. About 70 participants from around the world attended the event that addressed how ESD supports driving transitions towards more sustainable and just societies. Integrating ESD into the Rio+20 Conference as well as in its outcomes will be crucial to foster transition towards green societies, panellists agreed.

The panellists highlighted concrete ESD contributions to poverty eradication and the shift towards green economies. A number of Japanese ESD activities were outlined that enable citizens to become active for a sustainable society. Another example presented education activities that support small recycling businesses in Cairo slums. To unfold its full transformative potential ESD has to be integrated into all areas of education and learning ? be it at school, at home or within the community.

Panellists included Takao Kuramochi, Ministry of Education, Japan; Kartikeya Sarabhai, Center for Environmental Education, India; Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Executive Coordinator; Jay Reetoo, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mauritius to the UN; Laila Iskander, Community and Institutional Development Consulting, Egypt; Nikhil Seth, Division Director at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Alexander Leicht, Chief of the ESD Section at UNESCO, who spoke on behalf of the Interagency Committee for the UN Decade of ESD. The event was moderated by Paolo Soprano, Vice-chair of the Bureau for the Rio+20 Preparatory Process. The Japanese representative served as the chair of the panel. Japan and Sweden provided funding for the event.

The UN Interagency Committee for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) brings together 21 UN entities in support of ESD. It is convened by UNESCO, the lead agency for the DESD.

The Rio+20 Conference marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Rio +20 aims at securing new political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress and gaps in implementing the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.
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