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  • Rare skink, believed on the verge of extinction, found in Niue Aug 21, 2017

    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.

  • UNDP Strengthens Its Role in Gender Equality Aug 8, 2017

    Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment training for UNDP staff and project partners, including representatives of the Government of Samoa took place during last week, 24-28 July 2017 in Apia, Samoa.

  • Savaii Koko Visit Aug 7, 2017

    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.

  • Discrimination against women: First mission ever to Samoa by a UN human rights expert group Aug 3, 2017

    A United Nations human rights expert group will carry out a fact-finding visit to Samoa from 8 to 18 August to assess the progress made towards eliminating discrimination against women and the protection and promotion of women’s rights in the country.

  • Future of renewable energy shines brightly in Samoa Aug 2, 2017

    The Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme today officially signed an agreement on a new renewable energy project with Global Environment Fund. The signing brings the project another step closer to launch and Samoa’s climate and energy security goals.

  • Localising the Sustainable Development Goals to suit Samoa Jul 31, 2017

    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 tailoring them to suit Samoa’s unique development needs.

  • Improving livelihoods through kitchen gardens Jul 19, 2017

    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.

  • Nauru first to sign the new United Nations Pacific Strategy 2018 – 2022 Jul 18, 2017

    The UNPS responds to the national priorities of 14 Pacific Countries and Territories, focusing on six priority areas of work, where the UN agencies are committed to working jointly to help countries to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Samoa One UN-YEP and Savai’i Koko: Champions Who Leave No One Behind Jul 7, 2017

    Savai’I Koko owners, Saleimoa (Sale) and Rosie Va’ai harvest cocoa beans from their family plantation and collect cocoa produced by neighbouring smallholding farmers from the western Savai’i area and beyond. The beans then go through the fermenting and drying stages at the Savai’i Koko farm, before being stored, packed and sent to Whittaker’s chocolate producers in New Zealand. Savai’i Koko, located in Asau, Savai’i is one of the main exporters of cocoa beans in Samoa. It provides local communities with employment opportunities and invests resources in the development of cocoa beans for export.

  • Projects combine efforts to train Savaii communities in the use of alternative Sustainable and Resilient Agricultural Methods Jul 3, 2017

    Two environmentally based Projects under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment joined forces last week to provide a combined training for 20 villages in Savaii, on Sustainable Land and Integrated water management and Climate Resilient Sustainable Agricultural Practices.

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