Tokelau discusses ‘’Living with Change’’ with the UN agencies

Earlier this year, at the 2017 Ocean Conference in New York, Tokelau officially launched its climate change strategy titled Living with Change (LivC). On 31st August, Tokelau officials visited the UN agencies in Samoa where they discussed and explained in greater detail the LivC strategy and its implementation plan. ...

UNDP Promoting Women in Politics in Samoa and Beyond

UNDP and UN Women were proud to host some of the most influential women in Samoa during a consultation for a project to promote Women in Politics in Samoa on 28 August 2017. An earlier phase of the project, titled the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS)  sought to increase community...

Samoa Receives 28 Grants for Environmental Projects

Twenty-eight applicants from Upolu and Savai’i were awarded grants through Operational Phase 6 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The opening of the inception workshop for the nineteen recipients of grant awards in Upolu was...

UN Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča’s visit to the UN in Samoa

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča was warmly welcomed by the UN Resident Coordinator, Lizbeth Cullity, to address all UN personnel at the FAO Conference Room today.   In his address, he underscored several important messages and answered questions from the UN...

Green Climate Fund Samoa project launch and Inception workshop

The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Development Program has launched the Green Climate Fund Samoa project & Inception workshop. The main objective of this Workshop was to officially launch the GCF Samoa Project on “Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate...

Rare skink, believed on the verge of extinction, found in Niue

Pacific conservationists and international scientists are very excited that a Niuean skink thought close to extinction has been re located. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) today announced the find of the Olive small-scaled skink Emoia lawesi by a member of its Ridge to Reef (R2R) project team. A reptile...

Samoa One-UN YEP Supports Organic Farming and Production

One of Samoa’s pre-eminent non-government organisations, Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI) has reached a significant milestone. With the support of the Samoa One-UN Youth Employment Programme Samoa 1UN YEP) on 19 August 2017, WIBDI inaugurated its new processing facility at Nu’u fitted out with new...

ONE-UN Youth Employment Programme (YEP): Learning Skills for Life

The One UN Youth Employment Programme has been collaborating with the Samoa Chamber of Commerce since 2016 on an Internship programme involving unemployed youth.  After 10 weeks of on the job training, the employer may wish to offer full-time employment.  Several youth have indeed demonstrated their worthiness...

Savaii Koko Visit

On 1-2 August, the One UN-YEP team travelled to Savai’i to meet with representatives including cocoa farmers and business leaders to be updated on progress in the One UN Youth Employment Programme (‘YEP’) on the island.  One such project, Savai’i Koko (cocoa) production offers big opportunities for communities...

Localising the Sustainable Development Goals to suit Samoa

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprise 17 Goals that cover a range of development targets, including reducing poverty, promoting health and education, and combatting climate change. The UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa commenced work in November 2016 on an initiative aimed at localising the SDGs and...

Improving livelihoods through kitchen gardens

The youth unemployment rate in Samoa stands high today at 16.4%.  Helping youth overcome the barriers they face to secure a job, earn a decent income and make sure that they fulfil their potential is a priority for the people and Government of Samoa.   That is the reason why, back in June 2015, the Government...

Pacific Dialogue in Samoa initiates further steps towards critical climate change risk insurance for the region

This week in Apia, Samoa, government officials from across the Pacific joined global experts from the private sector in a regional dialogue to discuss the role of climate risk financing in the region’s resilience to climate change. The forum culminated in an agreement to submit the idea of establishing mechanisms for...