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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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Major Group Children & Youth: Informal Informal
The Major Group for Children and Youth is concerned that the Zero Draft for Rio+20 is insufficiently ambitious and fails to provide solutions to urgent problems or a concrete action plan for the sustainability challenges that we will continue to face.

Over the past year, movements of mass protest have taken hold all over the world led largely by young people who felt as if their futures were being stolen from them. Children and youth globally need assurance that ours will not be the first generation in modern history to see living standards and life prospects lower than those of our parents' generation. Rio+20 is an opportunity for member states to provide a concrete commitment to all our futures.

Young people are spending their time and their limited resources to advocate for change at an international level because this is a huge opportunity an opportunity for member states to reassure the world that our leaders are dedicated to human rights, health, our economies, job prospects, necessary resources (e.g water and oceans). We need language to be strengthened so that there is an actual re-commitment to Sustainable Development at the conference in Rio this June ...this is our challenge to you.

The outcome document must recognize gender equality and human rights' protection, including sexual and reproductive rights of women and young people, as a central component of sustainable development. We call on governments to reaffirm their commitments from the International Conference on Population and Development and the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Rio+20 must create a long-lasting vision for the next generations. We cannot retreat from our existing commitments. Paragraph 9 weakens Principle 2 of the Rio Declaration by removing the balance between States' sovereignty over their national resources and the responsibility to ensure that activities are limited to their jurisdiction and do not cause trans-boundary harm. This and similar retreats from key agreements must be removed from the negotiating text.

We need measures to shift to a sustainable economy with a focus on poverty eradication especially in the context of rising youth unemployment. Green Economy must also prioritize the habitability of our planet and protect the protection of the global commons and global public goods

Although the Zero Draft seeks to address the multiple challenges of energy, water, food and other critical issues, the Framework for Action still fails to propose integrated and cross-sectoral solutions.

Member States must guarantee that all proposals concerning the green economy follow the principles of sustainable development and poverty eradication.With equal importance, Member States should guarantee that young people are key players in the green economy; receiving necessary education and specialized training regarding sustainable development, as well as encouragement and support for youth-led enterprise.

The need for a UN specialized environmental agency with a strong mandate enabling it perform the functions urgently needed to improve International Environmental Governance, needs to be emphasised. Ombudspersons for Future Generations is a realistic governance solution that should be implemented with a clear timeline and process.

Young people are actively involved with the initial discussions on the zero draft of the outcome document. Representatives from networks and NGOs based in North America, Africa, and Asia are physically present in New York. They are supported by hundreds of young people who are assisting them to draft the statements online...young people based globally (especially those in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America) are all actively involved with writing our statements and contributing to the process remotely (as most cannot afford to physically attend the initial discussions on the zero draft of outcome document). But we are working together to try and have our voice heard by those creating the policy decisions and negotiating the text.

We need to see more ambitious goals and concrete strategies for global sustainability. The shortcomings in the Zero Draft need to be tackled now if Rio+20 is to deliver significant results for children and youth. Currently, it does not lead to The Future We Want or The Future We Need.

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