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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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Brazilian Youth: Setting Sustainable Development Agenda
The Brazilian Youth Blast has brought real enthusiasm, new ideas, a fresh approach and positive energy to the Major Group of Children and Youth's preparations for Rio+20. Young people from all over Brazil met to concretely contribute to creating a movement that will go beyond the outcomes of this conference. The Major Group for Children and Youth bring you a highlight of the quotes form the first day.

The success of the Youth Blast is communication, before the event, during between young people and afterwards to the wider world. "The communications team have been doing a lot of collaborative work with lots of Brazilian organisations and volunteers. We produced videos, created a huge social media presence and tried to share the messages of young people with the world. This is a space for young people to say what they want to the world and the Communications team have been trying to use all the means that we have to do this." said Luciano Frontelle, 22 from Sorocaba, São Paulo, when describing how volunteers have made the event as success.

"It is really inspiring to experience how Brazilian youth take ownership of the process. Young people from all over Brazil have been spending months organisng this event so that other young people could have an open space to consult prior to Rio+20, share perspectives, thoughts and ideas to create their vision of Sustainable Development that will be presented to their government on the 8th June 2012. I really hope that this momentum continues after Rio+20" said Saba Loftus, an Organising Partner for the UNCSD Major Group of Children and Youth, from Ireland.

The wider effect of the Youth Blast was outlined by Bruno Vanhoni, International Relations Officer at the National Youth Secretariat of Brazil when he said: "This Youth Blast is the beginning of a larger process for youth here in Brazil. This document is going to set the national agenda for youth and Sustainable Development"

Looking towards how this event build a movement of young people, Severine Carmem Macedo, National Youth Secretary of Brazil, stressed that this event "strengthens the role of the chorus in favor of the young, whose mission is to ensure democracy and occupy the spaces within the proposed policy guidelines for sustainable world. The Youth Blast invites everyone to work together and insert the vision of youth development Brazilian youth want."

"Working with the volunteers was very meaningful and rewarding as most of them were involved for the first time but quickly embraced the call and the event that is organised by and for young people" said Leonardo Rodarte, 23 from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. "Today was an awesome and inspiring experience. I cannot wait to see the next days. These guys are amazing!" Ariadyne Acunha,17, Santos,Sao Paulo.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support, determination and passion the Brazilians have demonstrated throughout the process and we are inspired to carry this into Rio+20" said Kiara Worth, an Organising Partner for the Major Group of Children and Youth in the Opening Plenary.

This event proved that young civil society can really create magic especially when we take a leadership role and work in collaboration with other key stakeholders like Governments and UN agencies to think about how we can create concrete change.

The Youth Blast international days are the 10 to 12th June 2012. If you are in Rio--you are welcome to join us in SulAmerica.

SulAmerica is on Av: Paulo de Frontin, 1 - New Town - Centro - Rio de Janeiro
Youth Blast: http://youth-blast.org/
UN Major Group for Children and Youth: http://uncsdchildrenyouth.org/
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