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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

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Youth Demand Action Now
Leili and Saghar are among 1,300 children and youth aged between 10 and 25 years of age attending the ?TUNZA International Children and Youth Conference on the Environment?, being held this year from Sep. 27 to Oct. 1 in this city, provincial capital of West Java.

Tunza means "to treat with care and love" in the Kiswahili language and the idea of the conference, hosted by the United Nations Environmental Programmes (UNEP) is to sensitise young people to environmental issues and teach them how to care for the Earth.
The Bandung Tunza, themed ?Reshaping Our Future Through A Green Economy And Sustainable Lifestyle?, was thrown open on Tuesday by Indonesian Vice-President Boediono.

Conference participants will engage in discussions focused on renewable energy, sustainable development, alternative energy sources, eradicating poverty, and eco-friendly initiatives. Saturday, the closing day, will see the young people issue a declaration.

UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said half of the world?s current population is below 25 years of age and therefore, youth must be taken into confidence when world leaders make public policies.

UNEP has organised Tunza conferences for children and youth every two years since 1992. Steiner said this year?s event holds special importance as it is being organised ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012.
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