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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.

Information

Latin American Youth Declaration
From 28 of September to the 2nd of October, we held the Latin American Youth Congress in Cordoba, Argentina. Around 40 participants from 10 countries in Latin America were there working hard side by side, even more participants from other countries where eager to participate virtually and of course they're included in our databases and joint work throughout Latin America.

As a result of hours and hours of discussions and joint efforts we came up with this amazing declaration!

The congress has exceeded all of our expectations in every sense! The energy, commitment and cooperation of every delegate was just inspiring! Youth had created a pre and post Rio+20 strategy.

Fundacion TierraVida will be coordinating all these efforts to make sure none of this energy is dissipated and to assure this group will continue to work together in the future no matter what happens in Rio+20.

Some highlights of the declaration are:

Green Economy:
? Promote inclusive projects for youth and all sectors of the population - both urban and rural -
creating valuable green jobs and spaces for participation;
? Promote responsible consumption;
? Ensure control and penalization of companies with contaminating production through a system of
incentives and benefits for those that implement good practices;
? Create new indicators to measure the level of development and/or income of countries, including
variables that measure the improvement of citizens? quality of life and the environment in which
they live;
? Fund and/or accept as part of the payment of external debt, projects of recovery and the
conservation of biodiversity;
? Promote accountability and control in the mining and hydrocarbons industries;
? Allocate 2% of world GDP for the transition to a green economy under a framework for
poverty reduction.

Participation and Access to Information:
? Produce and disseminate accessible information technically speaking and in terms of languages to ensure
the informed participation of the community and thus enforce the right of access to information;
? Produce sustainability reports to measure and communicate their economic, social and
environmental impact, and to account the fulfillment of international commitments;
? Create local Youth Councils to monitor the commitments made by the States at all levels, thus
ensuring youth participation in decision making spaces and construction processes of public policies,
especially in relation to natural resources management

Zero Waste:
? Adopt the concept of zero waste as a goal for the global community as a whole, every stage of the
production process, and every economic activity;
? Secure the fulfillment of the principle of precaution in the development and marketing of new
products by companies;
? Develop systems for sustainable urban solid waste management through:
- The separation of these residues by the entire community;
- The eradication of common dumpsters by their replacement with differentiated separation systems;
- The establishment of recycling centers at the local level;
- The implementation of public education and awareness policies to reduce waste production;
- The creation and implementation of laws on urban solid waste that involve businesses and makes
them accountable for processing waste.

Technological Development and Renewable Energies:
? Create an international center to support the generation, transfer, implementation and dissemination
of sustainable and appropriate technologies;
? Significantly increase investments and incentives in sustainable infrastructure and renewable
energies, decreasing ? as urgent action and priority ? investments in non renewable or high
environmental impact energies;
? Respect, protect and revalue the knowledge of ancestral technologies, recognizing the intellectual
property of native communities;
? Develop a protocol for the evaluation and approval of new technologies as a prerequisite to their
implementation and dissemination.

Sustainable Cities and Communities:
? Adopt the concept of ?Cities for people? based on social and spatial integration, incorporating
principles of land use and ecological zoning;
? Encourage private and public investment in infrastructure, modes of transport and awareness programs;
? Promote an international agreement to promote sustainable transportation, including the bicycle as a
preferred mode of transportation in cities;
? Enhance and promote practices and trends of sustainable urban culturesuch as fairs, solar collectors,
rainwater collectors, urban agriculture, domestic processes for recycling gray water and sustainable
design and architecture.

Agriculture:
? Reduce transgenic productions and their derivatives in order to help improve people?s quality of life;
? Rescue, revalue and protect traditional crops of communities;
? Allocate funds and provide incentives for the development of sustainable agriculture projects to help
improve production and dignify the work of rural communities.
In regards to Legislation:
? Ratification and implementation ? in the times agreed ? of protocols and treaties signed at the
international level;
? Give top-level institutional hierarchy to national environmental authorities, including mainstreaming
and breadth of powers;
? Effectively instrument environmental treaties and agreements signed at the international level,
through the development and regulation of laws.

We as young people have been working on these proposals and assume responsibility for further effort.
We hope to receive your support in the same way we provide our energy. The paradigm shift is an urgent need and demands joint efforts.
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