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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

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

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Green solutions sought in Incheon
With the Kyoto Protocol due to expire next year and political will to tackle climate change and mitigate greenhouse gases lackluster, an ongoing forum to inspire the next generation of free thinkers to find viable solutions is being hailed as a great leap forward . The five-day Global Model UN Conference Incheon 2011, which runs under the banner ?Sustainable Development: Advancing Human Progress in Harmony with Nature,? aims to educate future leaders on dealing with environmental and energy issues.

It is seen as increasingly pertinent at a stage in history when China, India and Brazil are moving towards becoming economic dynamos, pouring more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile Kyoto, the first and only agreement of scale on the fight against global warming, nears the end of its 14-year lifespan without significant consequence.

The UN-sponsored youth forum is a great way to telegraph these concerns to a wider audience while drawing in young people, said Kiyo Akasaka, UN?s under secretary general for communications and public information.

Many of the students at this week?s mock conference proposed solutions to problems like these, with Tatiana Makarova, who was impersonating the UN secretary general, arguing that the event could raise awareness of useful ideas ahead of the Rio+20.

Akasaka, who was tasked with representing a member of the Japanese government, said it would be difficult for the students to come up with workable solutions.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who attended the event yesterday, said that if students took anything from the week?s program, it should be that joining hands to tackle major problems can bear much richer fruit than going it alone.
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