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  • 14 Apr 2015
    Conservation of traditional knowledge through “replenishing” the environment

    The community of Vailoa, Palauli located in the South East Coast of Savaii, Samoa is on a mission to give back to their environment and landscapes, which would in turn sustain traditional knowledge of siapo or tapa making for generations to come.

  • 01 Apr 2015
    Joining efforts to increase political participation of women in Samoa

    Today representatives from the Government of Samoa, the Government of Australia, UN agencies and civil society organizations gather in Apia to witness the signing of the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) UN Joint Programme.

  • 20 Mar 2015
    Communities get involved in climate change workshop

    The Samoa Tourism Authority hosted a workshop this week with technical guidance from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE). The workshop is a part of the ‘Enhancing the resilience of tourism reliant communities to Climate Change risks’-project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 04 Feb 2015
    Solomon Islands enables Internet with solar power

    Can you imagine a day in the office without internet or access to emails? This is the reality in many Pacific Islands states. Now Solomon Islands is changing this – through solar power.

  • 28 Jan 2015
    Tonga replaces fossil fuel with solar and improves water access

    Thanks to funding from Denmark, communities in Tonga can now benefit from solar powered water pumps and improved access to water, reduced risk of water contamination and reduced dependency on fossil fuels.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    International Volunteers Day 2014 celebrated in Samoa

    National and international volunteer organisations based in Samoa have come together to celebrate International Volunteer Day 2014, and to help hundreds of the country’s citizens join in as well – reflecting the theme for the event this year, ‘People’s Participation’. 300 participants from across Samoa, all committed to being lasting partners in the nation’s development, took part in the day-long event that kicked off with a trek and police band at central Apia.

  • 23 Nov 2014
    Break the Silence, End the Violence

    Samoan youth have come forward to end domestic violence in the country. Young people are eager to act as change agents, to improve education, and to become transformational leaders in the campaign against violence in the home.

  • 07 Nov 2014
    Samoa launches climate change adaptation project for communities

    The Government of Samoa, including Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed a project agreement aimed at incorporating climate change risks mitigation measures and adaptation opportunities across relevant sectors.

  • 07 Nov 2014
    Tatala aloaia se atiinae fou i Samoa mo le faaitiitia o aafiaga o nuu ma afioaga mai fesuiaiga o le tau

    O le asō ua sainia ai se feagaiga o se atiinae fou I le va o le Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa ma le Polokalame o Atinae o Malo Aufaatasi. O lenei poloketi e faatupeina mai ile Vaega Tupe mo Atunuu o loo tau atiae o latou tamaoaiga (Least Developed Countires Fund, LDCF) i lalo o le Global Environment Facility, GEF.

  • 03 Nov 2014
    A Resilient Samoan Family

    Sitiseni Afua Fuga, a 31-year-old woman seriously affected by Cyclone Evan two years ago, now has a cyclone-resistant dwelling in the Samoan village of Siumu.

  • 01 Oct 2014
    Javier Arturo Hernández Rosas - UN Online Volunteer from Colombia

    Javier Arturo Hernández Rosas, a UN Online Volunteer from Colombia, designed 6 pull-up banners for the Small Grant Programme (SGP) to showcase its activities in Samoa during the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), held on 1st of September 2014.

  • 17 Sep 2014
    Samoa steps up efforts to implement the Rio Conventions

    The Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a new project to step up efforts to meet obligations under the Rio Conventions on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

  • 03 Sep 2014
    Helping Save Samoa’s Forests UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline

  • 29 Aug 2014
    From organic waste to electricity, helping power SIDS Golf Carts with bio-fuel

    Delegates attending the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference this week will get around on golf carts partly powered by bio-fuel, thanks to a partnership between Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

  • 22 Aug 2014
    Reaching for the Sun: Unlocking Solar Energy for Samoa

    Samoa, like many developing small island countries, is heavily dependent on fossil fuel for power generation; almost 70% of its energy comes from petroleum products. But these costly fuels expose the country to the unpredictable price of petrol imports and produce large quantities of carbon emissions.

  • 13 Aug 2014
    Samoan Youth Gearing up to Support SIDS

    Forty-five young Samoan farmers have received organic farming training to help them secure decent work and a steady income, in turn promoting inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.

  • 12 Aug 2014
    Climate change in the Pacific: a strong start for a long journey

    The final annual review meetings for two regional climate change initiatives, the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP) and the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project (PACC), were held between 28 July and 1 August in Nadi, Fiji.

  • 30 Jul 2014
    UN Samoa welcomes youth mission from New Zealand

    A ten-member UN Youth New Zealand mission led by Philip Greatrex, Director of the UN Youth New Zealand Pacific Project 2014, visited the UN Samoa offices on 15th July 2014.

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Palau: Improved access to safe water for the Haiyan affected people

    A small island of Palau is now taking support from a UNDP project for having improved access to water through renewable and sustainable solar water pumping systems.

  • 25 Jun 2014
    Art therapy for abused young women: Wendy Percival’s volunteer story

    Wendy Percival, an artist and educator, has taken initiative to help her community by volunteering her time to teach fine arts to young women from the House of Hope, a well-known shelter for victims of abuse in Samoa.