Story by Ms. Brianna Fruean, 14 years, Samoa
12 June, Rio de Janeiro - Youth Blast is an event organised by youth for youth. The main youth group organising this event is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) major group of Children and Youth and Brazilian National Youth Secretary with the help of the government of Brazil.
The Youth Blast conference helps promote young people to be active, create networks with other people their age and voice what they want out of Rio+20. Thousands of future world leaders came together and shared their struggles and achievements of their projects and past events. The first two days, the 7th to the 8th of June, were for youth that spoke Portuguese and the last two days, the 10th to the 12th of June, were for English speakers.
It was a very productive event where the youth that were attending the main Rio+20 could collect messages from their fellow Youth Blast members.
It was a great initiative that hopefully will impact the main Rio+20 Conference.