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Rio+20 : From Island to Island
For Media

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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From Island to Island
51 states around the world have been designated as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Many face challenges to sustainable development, including unreliable infrastructure, economic vulnerability and challenging geography and climate. Representatives gathered yesterday in New York to address these issues and prepare for Rio+20.

The meeting brought together different areas to discuss common positions of small islands, their development strategies and their expectations of Rio+20. Earlier this summer, Seychelles President James Michel characterized the position of Small Island Developing States as being on the ?frontline? of dealing with any ?turbulence?, whether economic or environmental, which then goes on to shake the whole world.

Recognizing the importance of small islands, the SIDS Network (SIDSNet) is operated by UN DESA. SIDSNet, which also coordinated the 1 September meeting, helps to facilitate knowledge-sharing between remote locations. The aim of this work, enabled by communication technologies, is improved use of resources for economic growth and poverty reduction.

SIDSNet and Rio+20 thus share a common purpose for their work. Rio+20 will review the progress of past initiatives and discuss the handling of emerging issues, with a particular focus on developing the green economy to tackle poverty, and building strong frameworks for development. The meeting of the SIDS regions was a significant step in setting the agenda of the Rio meetings.
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