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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: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.

  • Published on: 24 Mar 2011
  • Submitted by: Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE)
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The social science library: frontier thinking in sustainable development and human well-being
The Social Science Library (SSL) presents a rich bibliography with abstracts of nearly 10,000 entries, including journal articles, book chapters, research reports, and working papers. The full text of about 3,400 of these titles are provided in PDF format. Seven social science disciplines are represented: Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Psychology, and Sociology.

Carefully organized to facilitate scholarly use by students, faculty, and researchers, the SSL will be distributed in 137 countries in the form of USB drives and CD-ROMs. It does not require Internet access. It includes an easy-to-use interface with an advanced search function and the potential to browse the collection by subject and author. An online version, with the extensive bibliography and all search/browse functions but without the full-text articles (due to copyright restrictions), is available at:

In addition to the SSL materials, the packages that will be sent to recipient universities also include a CD containing writings on environmental subjects from the WorldWatch Institute, and a pair of CDs containing articles from the UN Research Institute for Sustainable Development (UNRISD). The collections can be loaded onto all computers in the institutions that receive them, and can be easily copied by individuals for their own use.

The SSL has been developed over the last seven years by the Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE) in conjunction with the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development. Extensive review was supplied by a network of learned social scientists, while the Advisory Board includes three Nobel Laureates ? Wangari Maathai, Amartya K. Sen and Joseph Stiglitz ? as well as other distinguished individuals such as the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the Director of the Social Science Research Council in New York, and the Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.

Our goal in each of the recipient countries is to distribute the SSL and accompanying materials to all university libraries, with possible additional outreach to other appropriate recipients such as teachers? colleges or research institutes. Full coverage would ensure reaching the most remote or rural institutions, where there is often the greatest need. For some university and college libraries these extraordinary resources will multiply their social science holdings many times over.

Working with our valued Distribution Partners, the SSL packets have been or are being distributed in:

? Pakistan, via the Civil Society Resource Centre, a project of the Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan).
? Zimbabwe, via Books for Zim and the University of Zimbabwe
? India, via Scholars without Borders (New Delhi, India)
? Bangladesh, via BRAC University (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
? Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, via Books for Asia, a project of the Asia Foundation (U.S.A.)
? Indonesia, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, and Uganda via Sabre Foundation (Cambridge, MA)

Further information about the SSL, including the full list of countries designated to receive the materials, may be found at

We are proud to be working with Distribution Partners that are extraordinary individuals and institutions, doing great work in situations that are sometimes extremely challenging. We are now seeking additional organizations with the capacity to:

1) identify potential recipients in one or more eligible countries;
2) receive a bulk mailing from GDAE, and
3) forward individual packets to recipients in the country

If you can suggest potential partners who could assist with distribution in the countries not yet fully covered, please contact either Neva Goodwin, GDAE Co-Director, or Brian Roach, SSL Project Director, at
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