New Public-Private Partnership launched in Samoa to tackle TB, HIV and STIs

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ministry of Health of Samoa and Digicel are joining forces through a public-private partnership to launch a new mass media campaign to address tuberculosis (TB), HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  The campaign, which is being run across four...

New Legal Course for Samoan Parliamentarians Launched

A new Certificate of Law Course designed for Members of Parliament has been launched by the University of the South Pacific (USP) at the Legislative Conference Room in Tuana’imato on Tuesday 14th March. The one-year Certificate consists of six subjects and aims to provide Parliamentarians with foundational...

Cook Islands Women's Practice Parliament Underway

Sixty women are gathering in Rarotonga this week to take part in the Cook Islands’ Second Practice Parliament for Women.   Supported by the United Nations Development Programme Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI), the workshop is organised by the Parliament of the Cook Islands, in partnership...

Making UNDP Fit for Purpose for the SDGs

Senior Managers of 24 UNDP Country Offices in Asia - Pacific, the Regional Hub in Bangkok and Headquarters, and high-level government and business representatives attended the 2017 UNDP Regional Management Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 7 to 10 March.  The Meeting was opened by welcoming speeches from...

UN supports Persons with Disabilities

The Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability was held in Apia, Samoa, at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel from 20 to 24  February, 2017.  The conference was jointly organised by the Pacific Disability Forum in partnership with Nuanua O Le Alofa and the Government of Samoa with funding from the Department of Foreign...

Paving the way for future women Members of Parliament

A two-day seminar to discuss how best to increase the number of women in Samoa's future Parliaments was held at the Tradition Resort in Siusega.  The event, organized by the Women in Leadership Advocacy (WINLA) Group, provided the opportunity for women in senior positions with Government, the private sector...

YEP - Training for vulnerable families to tackle child vendors

A one week training ended yesterday through the Youth Employment Programme (YEP) implemented by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) and funded by the UNDP, and in partnership with the Small Business Enterprises Centre (SBEC).  This training was proposed to help vulnerable families...

GCF concludes final meeting for 2016, approves USD 315 million in funding

The first Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting to be held in the Pacific, and the final for 2016, was held from 14-15 December, in Apia, Samoa approving eight new funding proposals and accredited seven new partner entities.  Pacific island related projects include an initial USD 17 million for the Pacific Islands...

Youth around Samoa volunteering for the SDGs

More than one hundred young people turned up on Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 at the UN Compound to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and share information on their interpretation and plans to implement the SDGs back at the community level.  The young people from different youth groups (five...

Manase beach fales benefit from UNDP GEF coastal adaptation project

The Samoan Beach Fales continue to be a national icon attracting both overseas and local tourists to modest accommodation of thatched roof huts overlooking the seashore and turquoise waters only meters away. Owned and operated by individual extended families these tourism businesses are a good source of...

Tourist operators to benefit from climate information

The tourism sector continues to be a significant driving force for the economic development of Samoa, contributing more than 20% to GDP. Associated sectors benefitting from tourism include agriculture and transport, through providing fresh products for tourists and improving accessibility and infrastructures. ...

Businesses To Play Greater Role In New Development Era In Asia-Pacific, Says UNDP At Responsible Business Forum

UNDP, Global Initiatives, 600 business leaders and government officials start work on a new coalition for sustainable development Singapore – At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in...

Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum
Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum

It is one year since every country in the world signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals. They form a blueprint for addressing the most significant challenges facing our planet and its people. Challenges like climate change. This is likely to be the hottest year on record and here in Asia, climate change is a cause of the natural disasters that have claimed half a million lives in the last decade. Challenges like inequality, which has been growing for four-fifths of Asia-Pacific’s population over the last 20 years. Challenges brought on by the accelerating process of ageing, which will make it harder for many Asian states to provide basic services to their people. The 17 SDGs will address these challenges and other interlinked issues, including education, hunger and security. But governments cannot implement this blueprint on their own. Nor can the UN and other development organizations.

No Space Too Small for Keyhole Garden Concept

There is now a new site accessible in Apia as a demonstration of the keyhole gardening (KHG) concept. Setting up a backyard garden in Apia is a big challenge with limited space from encroaching urbanization. Employees working in an office environment 40-hours a week are disconnected from nature and missing out on...