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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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MyCity+20: How youth can play a part in Rio+20
Youth at Sciences Po, Paris have come up with an interesting way to answer the question "how can you mobilize the youth to act in Rio+20? How can the youth be empowered to deal with sustainable development issues?"

Borrowing from their experience of a simulation of the Copenhagen negotiations on climate change organized by Sciences Po in 2011, they arrived at the conclusion that giving the youth a taste of the UN negotiations was the best way to pique their interest. In this context, they decided to organize a simulation in Paris of the upcoming conference in Rio de Janeiro this June, which they named "Paris+20."

Their project aims at mobilizing young people, educating them on the urgency of sustainable development issues and encouraging them to involve themselves in the negotiation process, albeit from a distance. At their simulation, they will test new methods of negotiation and will arrive at some potential outcomes. Through their experimentation, they are hoping to come up with innovative ideas that can restructure the UN processes and restore hope in them. UNESCO, their partners in the project, will be working with their research team in developing a hypothesis for their conference. However, it is important to note that irrespective of the outcomes of the simulation, empowering youth to take action is their main objective of making youth are ready to play an active part in international negotiations and to shape our own futures.

Through the active support of UNESCO, they have moved towards disseminating the idea globally, extending beyond Paris and France, and looking at other cities in the world. They hope to encourage other cities to host their own Rio+20 simulation.

So far, there has been an enthusiastic response from many youth organizations and universities worldwide. Currently, they have representatives in Asia (Colombo+20), Europe (Rome+20 and Amsterdam+20) and Central America (MexicoCity+20) who are willing to organize their own simulation of Rio+20. Time is ripe for youth to actively participate in the negotiations. This movement hopes to translate ideas into action and they hope to encourage everyone to engage in the process!

Paris+20 will provide interested cities with support; giving them ideas on how to start their own simulation; potential people to contact and overall complete flexibility in organizing their own event. Any interested cities are welcome to contact us at mycityplus20@gmail.com for further details.

Rio+20 will undoubtedly be a milestone in the history of international negotiations. It represents an opportunity that must be seized in order for concrete change to be created and for implementation of existing policy to start.
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