Ms Brianna Fruean, 14 years, Samoa
17 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro - The Island Hub is a colourful Exhibition booth set up in Pavilion B inside Athletes Park. It is a place for Islanders and friends of Islanders that get together to talk and network but mainly showcase the Islands for the world to see.
“Rio +20 is such a crazy event, Island Hub gives the chance for people to kick back and find their roots” said Jessica Robbins, Islands Communications Manager (GLIPSA).
“The Island Hub hopes to create connections, build relationships between Islands from the Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Ocean and it showcases the power of the Islands and what they are capable of.”
It also highlights the great work the islands have done in implementing initiatives for “green” economic solutions. It is a very bright and positive spot that shows the big steps that Islanders have taken. All the tables are covered with the most colourful and bright table cloths with big flowers, motifs and tapa designs, showing pacific flavour.
People that pass by often stop and stare at the bright colour table cloths and the posters on the walls and would ask “What place is that?”
The Island Hub is the perfect spot for Islanders to meet up, share, wind down a bit and re-group before they carry on with the serious parts of the meetings. To me, I think that Island Hub adds a balance from the hectic schedule of Rio+20.