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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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Soft Launch of Revitalized SIDSnet.org at CSD-19 Partnerships Fair
On 4 May 2011, the ?soft launch? of the revitalized Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet) was celebrated at a Partnership Fair convened by the SIDS Unit in the margins of CSD-19.

The Partnership event, held in cooperation with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and the University Consortium of the SIDS (UCSIS) recognized the generous contribution made by the Government of the Kingdom of Spain for the broader project ?Capacity Development through Education for Sustainable Development & Knowledge Management for SIDS?.

Senator H. Elizabeth Thompson of Barbados, co-executive coordinator for Rio+20 provided the keynote address, highlighting the fact that ?Rio+20 will offer an invaluable platform to address the special challenges with which SIDS are still confronted, as well as to assess progress and shortcomings in the path towards sustainable development.?

Ms. Thompson also noted the continuous need to forge ongoing partnerships among SIDS, and between SIDS and other partners and that the data consolidation, knowledge management and information sharing possibilities of the revitalized SIDSnet will be very valuable in this process. Discussions centred on the value-added of the revitalized website, with further interest shown in extending participation to development partners and donors.

The participants of the Partnership Fair emphasized the need for disaggregated data and a ?one-stop shop? for SIDS information, including their economic situations.
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