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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Who Is The World's "Greenest" Celebrity?
Voting is now open for the INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS? inaugural Best Green International Celebrity Award, which seeks to recognise an international media figure who has consistently promoted the sustainability agenda globally and thus, influenced mass audiences to make their own efforts to halt climate change.

The competition is now open to a public vote at www.greenawards.com. This year's nominees comprise of 15 well respected celebrities who are deemed to have used their prominence to promote environmental and sustainable development issues and thus have become 'responsible celebrities'.

Celebrities, undoubtedly, are one of the most powerful influencers in the world - they set trends for others to follow and thus are opinion leaders in their own right. In recent times as we adjust to the age of business transparency, an increasing number of celebrities have jumped onto this environmental bandwagon by embracing issues from animal rights through to deforestation and famine. Aside from their affluence, celebrities can set a very clear example for others as role models by endorsing sustainable lifestyles from recycling and purchasing low carbon vehicles through to switching to renewable energy.

As famine reigns in parts of Africa and the world economy faces a difficult transition, it's often news which features celebrities which attracts the most media interest. The International Green Awards aims to raise the bar around the 'cult of celebrity' and the 'green' agenda as the world counts down to the COP 17 Conference in Durban and the crucial Rio Earth Summit in 2012. This new award will put the spotlight on those progressive individuals who are keen to harness the power of the media and challenge conventional thinking on the climate agenda.
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