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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: 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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Islands Are Guardians Of Sustainibility Of Our Planet
President James Michel of the Republic of Seychelles has called on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to take on the responsibility of becoming ?the guardians of sustainability of our planet? and to reclaim the concept of sustainability in the modern world order.

President James Michel was speaking at the opening of the second SIDS sub-regional preparatory meeting for countries in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Seas (AIMS) for next year's United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

President Michel spoke of the way that SIDS are marginalised within global data collection, funding mechanisms, climate change adaptation funds, infrastructure development, as well as the vulnerability experienced by SIDS to fluctuations in commodity prices and environmental disasters.

The President stated that he refuses to let the development of the Seychellois people to be marginalised and that ?to marginalise us, is to marginalise the very concept of sustainability itself,? adding that he would never give up in the fight for island states to be recognised as unique cases for sustainable development.

The conference will deliberate on topics for the overall preparatory process for the Rio+20 Conference, the two themes of the Conference are "Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, and "Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development,? as well as a "Blue Economy? sub-theme.

Source: State House - Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles
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