• Manase beach fales benefit from UNDP GEF coastal adaptation project Dec 9, 2016

    The Samoan Beach Fales continue to be a national icon attracting both overseas and local tourists to modest accommodation of thatched roof huts overlooking the seashore and turquoise waters only meters away. Owned and operated by individual extended families these tourism businesses are a good source of revenue bringing prosperity to the rural areas and and transport.

  • Youth around Samoa volunteering for the SDGs Dec 9, 2016

    More than one hundred young people turned up on Wednesday 7 December, 2016 at the UN Compound to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and share information on their interpretation and plans to implement the SDGs back at the community level.

  • Nofoali’i village hosts seminar on gender based violence Dec 1, 2016

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) office for Pacific Island Countries in partnership with UN Women and One UN family hosted a community Gender Based Violence Seminar on Sunday, 27th November, 2016, at the Nofoalii CCCS Hall.

  • Tourist operators to benefit from climate information Nov 30, 2016

    The tourism sector continues to be a significant driving force for the economic development of Samoa, contributing more than 20% to GDP. Associated sectors benefitting from tourism include agriculture and transport, through providing fresh products for tourists and improving accessibility and infrastructures.

  • No Space Too Small for Keyhole Garden Concept Nov 17, 2016

    There is now a new site accessible in Apia as a demonstration of the keyhole gardening (KHG) concept. Setting up a backyard garden in Apia is a big challenge with limited space from encroaching urbanization.

  • Cook Islands national consultations with UN Agencies Oct 17, 2016

    Close to a 100 participants attended the 2-day national consultations with UN Agencies in an effort to engage government and key stakeholders from various NGOS and the private sector in a consultative process to build linkages and to contribute national priorities in the development of the new UN Pacific Strategy 2018-2022. The discussions also placed significant importance on the comparative advantage and mandate of the UN in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Global Agenda.

  • Niue national consultations develop new UN Pacific Strategy Oct 10, 2016

    The One UN team and the Government of Niue completed 2-days (05-06 October) of national multi-stakeholder consultations and reached an understanding on potential areas of UN support strongly linked to the Niue National Strategic Plan. The consultations engaged government and key stakeholders from various sectors in a participatory process to develop the new UN Pacific Strategy 2018-2022. The discussions also placed significant importance on the comparative advantage and mandate of the UN in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Global Agenda.

  • UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme assist Sapapalii improve its biodiversity Sep 26, 2016

    Coastal communities in Samoa suffer the greatest impact of climate change in the country. Sapapalii, a coastal community on southeast Savaii is one of the many rural communities experiencing the extremes of weather. The most recent disaster was in 2012 when Cyclone Evan completely damaged the only bridge connecting the village to the main town of Salelologa. This has disrupted the community’s access to public services, critical infrastructures, and commercial service. At the same time, houses and food crops were washed away by the cyclone and heavy siltation is deposited along the seashore.

  • Tokelau and UN Consultations to inform the new UN Pacific Strategy Aug 30, 2016

    Senior public servants of Tokelau have deliberated in a participatory forum and have recommended for the UN to focus development assistance on its five key thematic and priority areas - Good Governance and Partnerships; Infrastructure Development; Human Development; Sustainability; and, Resilience against Climate Change.

  • Launch of Samoa Hardship and Poverty Report and Report on Samoa Agricultural Survey Aug 9, 2016

    The importance of statistics as a basis for both monitoring progress and providing the evidence needed for better policy making in a globally competitive economic environment is significant to meeting the challenges contained in the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Minister of the Samoa Bureau of Statistics, Hon. Lautafi Fio Purcell at the launch of the two documents: Report on the Samoa Agricultural Survey 2015, and Samoa Hardship and Poverty Report An analysis of the 2013/14 Household Income and Expenditure Survey. The SAMOA Pathway has a dedicated section on Data and Statistics, and reliable data and quality statistical analysis are vital for tracking progress of the SDGs.