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  • Published on: 28 Sep 2011
  • Source: UNESCO/Natural Sciences ODG
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UNESCO and the Alliance of Small Island States are working together towards Rio+20
The Director-General summarized the discussions of the Thematic Debate on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 14 September 2011. Irina Bokova underscored the opportunity given by the forthcoming Rio+20 Conference to improve the use of knowledge and to strengthen collaboration and coordination in support of sustainable development in SIDS.

Ambassador Williams and Mr Ramirez welcomed UNESCO's action in support of the implementation of the Barbados Plan of Action and the Mauritius Strategy. They expressed their high appreciation for the series of critical meetings on climate change recently convened by UNESCO.

Mr Ramirez highlighted UNESCO's collaboration with the Dominican Republic and other partners in compiling experiences in education, training and public awareness for the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Finally, Ms Williams and Mr Ramirez emphasized the relevance of UNESCO's activities in relation to SIDS and raised the need to increase their visibility, especially with a view to the forthcoming Rio+20 Conference. In this regard, it was agreed that UNESCO will produce and share with AOSIS an information document outlining all UNESCO's SIDS related activities to be used as the basis for development of a joint programme between UNESCO and AOSIS.
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