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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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WE SAY: Opportunities, challenges of Green Economy
Over the past decade, increased global awareness of issues related to climate change and sea level rise has brought their effect on the Pacific Islands region?more particularly the smaller islands states?into sharp focus.

Though this increased awareness has scarcely brought in funds that were supposed to be made available after mega-climate change jamborees like Bali, Copenhagen and Cancun for mitigation and adaptation initiatives regionally, it has certainly helped progress smaller, more local programmes?particularly in developing clean energy alternatives.

The islands region needs to build on this and showcase to the world how renewable energy can rapidly replace energy generation from non-renewable sources. Last month, Finance and Environment Ministers of several Pacific Islands discussed opportunities and challenges for building ?green economies? in the region in Apia, Samoa. The meeting was a preparatory one for next year?s Rio+20 Conference being held to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the first Rio Environment Summit of 1992.

Late last month, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) concluded its first governing council meeting. Tonga happens to be the only Pacific Islands country on the council. At the meeting held at the IRENA headquarters in Abu Dhabi, the 148-member country organisation approved the selection procedures for a US$350 million partnership between IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. It also endorsed Tonga?s Prime Minister, Lord Tu?ivakano, as chairman of the agency?s Governance and Legal Committee, making the Prime Minister upbeat about achieving the stiff target of deriving 50% of the country?s energy needs from renewable sources by the end of next year.

Another related event?a capacity building programme for officials of Pacific Islands governments to help them tap funds for renewable energy and other ecologically friendly programmes for their respective countries was held the Cook Islands last month.

International funding is increasingly available for small renewable energy projects around the world. Workshops like the one held in the Cook Islands last month have helped build capacity in accessing these funds with the help of preparing viable project reports. Added to that the impressive track record of the islands and their growing reputation as successful implementors of these projects puts the islands region in an enviable position to display its mettle at the Rio+20 Conference next year.
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