The World Celebrates International Volunteer Day 2017
Dec 11, 2017
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. This is the day that volunteers and organizations worldwide celebrate their work and, achievements, and share their values while promoting their respective work.
Samoa taking action to achieve zero tolerance for Gender-based Violence
Nov 29, 2017
Samoa has been very active in advocating for ending violence against women, girls and children in the recent years. 2017 has seen much done by UN Women in collaboration with the governments of Samoa and Australia to support this work, which is in line with the United Nations (UN) SDG 5 recognizing gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority pledging that “no one will be left behind.”
Tokelau discusses ‘’Living with Change’’ with the UN agencies
Sep 4, 2017
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 w
UNDP Promoting Women in Politics in Samoa and Beyond
Aug 29, 2017
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 awareness of the importance of women’s engagement in political leadership, work with women candidates in the run up to the 2016 elections, and to work with political parties to raise awareness on gender issues. With the first phase of IPPWS completed, the ‘Validation Workshop’ held this week was an effort to consult with all major stakeholders in the development of Phase Two.
Samoa One-UN YEP Supports Organic Farming and Production
Aug 22, 2017
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 modern food processing equipment, laboratory, cooling rooms and office facilities. The project is funded by the United Nations Development Programme Sustainable Development Goals Trust Fund.
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.
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.
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.