Tag Archives: Samoa

Women’s political participation programme holds trainings in Apia

Journalists, students and potential political candidates will take part in a number of trainings in Apia this week to help them play their part in increasing the number of women in parliament at the 2016 election. A two-day workshop on gender-sensitive election reporting for National University of Samoa (NUS) journalism students starts on Tuesday 4 August, followed by a one-day workshop on the same theme with professional journalists on Friday 7 August. Continue reading

Issues Facing Small Island Developing States ‘Global Challenges’ Demanding Collective Responsibility

Cyclone Pam aftermathTransnational crime, illicit exploitation of resources, climate change, natural disasters and other factors that threatened small island developing States must be addressed globally and in the context of international stability, speakers today stressed in an all-day open debate in the Security Council. “The issues facing small island developing States are global challenges.  Continue reading

UNICEF Partners the All Blacks visit Samoan children ahead of momentous game

UNICEF partners All Blacks rugby teamUNICEF International partners, the All Blacks, today took time out before their historic game against Manu Samoa in Apia to meet and play with local Samoan children. Liam Messam, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Seta Tamanivalu and Tom Taylor ran drills based on UNICEF’s sport for development programme, Just Play, and took part in a fruit kebab making Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand

World Humanitarian Summit pictureThe WHS regional Consultation for the Pacific was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 June to 2 July 2015. It was hosted by the Government of New Zealand and co-chaired by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand along with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). In the spirit of the summit’s multi-stakeholder approach, the meeting brought together more than 140 participants from Continue reading

Resilient Coast: Climate Change and coastal living in Samoa

The majority of Samoans live by the sea. They rely on nature for their food, water and livelihood. Nature, however, is changing rapidly. Climate change is magnifying the environmental problems the coastal communities are facing in Samoa. Greater rainfall variability means longer dry periods, which means the groundwater become increasingly saline and polluted. The climate-induced decline of freshwater security is affecting the rural communities. Continue reading

UN Young Professionals Programme 2015 open for nationals of countries including New Zealand, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

In 2015 the United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates in the fields of Administration, Finance, Statistics, Public Information, Public Information, Social Affairs, and Legal Affairs who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. Continue reading

Inclusive growth required to achieve sustainable development in Asia-Pacific

UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015Developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region continue to fare well in comparison to the rest of the world, but structural weaknesses constrain growth prospects, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its latest regional macroeconomic outlook report released today, emphasizing that more inclusive Continue reading

Government of Samoa and UNDP initiate activities for a “whole-of-government” response to climate change

Representatives from all line ministries of Samoa, civil society organizations and development partners participated in an all-stakeholder meeting to officially launch a new initiative aimed to address climate change in all economic sectors of Samoa. The “Economy-wide Adaptation to Climate Change” programme, is implemented by the Government of Samoa, with assistance from UNDP and financing of US $12.3 million from the Least Developed Countries Fund, of the Global Environment Facility. Continue reading

Pacific Islands identify pathway to greater climate action at Samoa vulnerable countries forum

Seven recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting of Pacific Island nations in Apia, Samoa on 26-27 February. The meeting, gathering eight Pacific countries, was part of a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops currently being convened though to June 2015 in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The Climate Vulnerable Forum regional event for the Pacific, which focused on improving response to climate change for Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS), was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Participating Governments included Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Climate Vulnerable Forum members Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Continue reading

SAMOA: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Embedded image permalinkRecognizing special circumstances facing small island developing states, the UN Conference in Samoa generated more than $1.9 billion in partnerships for sustainable development.

Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world have been registered to support small island developing states bringing the total value of these commitments to over USD $1.9 billion, the United Nations announced today at the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States. Continue reading