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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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Youth coming together to address climate change issues
Providing a platform, to act together and build the next generation of influential leadership in sustainable mountain development and climate actions, a five-day workshop has been organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).

The workshop entitled ?Youth Forum on Planet Actions and Mountain Issues? which was officially inaugurated on August 8 includes forty two participants from ICIMOD?s eight regional member countries which are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. The event also marks the celebration of the International Year of Youth 2010/2011 and International Youth Day on August 12.

The workshop has been organized against the backdrop of the upcoming seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December of this year, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June 2012 as a followup to the 1992 Earth Summit, which is also known as the Rio+20 conference.

Gokarna Bista, Nepal?s Minister of Energy, officially inaugurated the workshop program. He also talked about how youth should be aware of their responsibilities for their community as well as for the whole of humanity. Daan Boom, Program Manager at ICIMOD, said that the emphasis of the workshop will be on issues specific to mountain development in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and beyond, especially in the context of ICIMOD?s work and ongoing and planned regional and global processes on relevant topics.

Outlining the objectives of the workshop, Tek Jung Mahat, event manager, said that youth can play an extensive role so that global community can make a better policy. He informed that the forum participants will define the Asia-Pacific youth perspective on Rio+20 in the mountain context. Talking about how we can mobilize Asia Pacific Youth Capital for Promoting Sustainable Development keeping in vision the Rio+20, Madhav Karki, Acting Director General of ICIMOD and also the team leader of Rio+20 Assessment in the Asia-Pacific region highlighted on how Rio+20 conference should be about a new paradigm of development and how youth are the one of the key stakeholders of the process.

The workshop also facilitated open discussions, interaction and group works engaging in sustainability leadership exercises and creating a better understanding of the climate change issues.
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