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.
Pacific Dialogue in Samoa initiates further steps towards critical climate change risk insurance for the region
Jun 30, 2017
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 insurance and risk financing dedicated to addressing climate change impacts, to the Leaders meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Pacific countries coming together this week to explore enhanced resilience through climate risk financing
Jun 26, 2017
UNDP-supported forum to discuss the critical need for financial management of climate change - including insurance - in a region highly vulnerable to rising seas and intensifying tropical storms