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  • Spotlighting prevention, “Orange the World” kicks off global efforts to end violence against women and girlsNov 25, 2015Globally, during the fortnight under the “Orange the world” call, over 450 events are planned in more than 70 countries throughout the 16 days. They include the lighting of major monuments, and numerous activities involving civil society such as dialogue sessions with faith-based leaders, film screenings, theatre and dance performances, rallies, marches, marathons and digital activism via social media platforms.

  • A new partnership to boost the promotion of human rights in SamoaNov 17, 2015The Ombudsman, AfiogaMaiavaIulaiToma, added: “I warmly welcome the technical as well as the financial support that UNDP is providing to take another step forward in the promotion of human rights. Educating people, improving the knowledge and understanding of communities and empowering them to take action to protect their human rights and respect the rights of others is the first block of a more harmonious and peaceful society.”

  • Samoa Youth Sign Joint Youth Declaration on Climate Change for COP21Nov 16, 2015Pacific people are not drowning. We are fighting. Every day we see the devastating effects of sea level rising but we deny giving this global threat power over our lives. Our will to overcome human resistance to significant actions that must be taken to reverse climate change impacts on our Mother Earth; Our Pacific Ocean will endure.

  • Three UN agencies support the Girls Leading Our World initiative in SamoaNov 3, 2015Three United Nations agencies - UNWomen, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – donated a total of USD 3,000 to the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) for its upcoming conference this month.

  • Samoa’s turn to celebrate UN DayOct 29, 2015For commemorating the 70th anniversary, all Apia-based UN agencies have joined efforts to organize two events, an open day with students and a roundtable with the private sector. “The aim of both events is to raise awareness on the work the UN agencies are doing at national level as well as in other Pacific Islands Countries” said Ms. Lizbeth Cullity, United Resident Coordinator for the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau.

  • Global Event Turns The World UN Blue to mark 70th anniversary of the United NationsOct 25, 2015World famous landmarks from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, from the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Empire State Building in New York, were lit blue. Other participants include Russia’s Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Edinburgh Castle and Central Hall Westminster in the United Kingdom, Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan’s Sky Tree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others. Samoa was the only Pacific Island Country to joint this global campaign.

  • Building capacities of women candidates for the 2016 electionsOct 13, 2015Twelve women who intend to run for 2016 elections are attending a four-day training aiming at building their skills for running in the elections effectively and becoming a good parliamentarian.

  • Celebrities paopao “Race Against Time” remind us that is now time to tackle climate changeSep 29, 2015The initiative, called Race Against Time is part of the Vailima Alo Paopao Festival, Samoa’s primer international outrigger event. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness on the actions people need to take to contribute to the global fight against climate change. In a world where we continue polluting, burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases, Alo Paopao brings back the use of traditional canoes that does not require any fuel.

  • Polynesia youth to attend climate change conference in Apia, SamoaAug 23, 2015With the theme #MyClimateActionStory, the conference will be the first time for young people from Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Samoa to come together for action-orientated dialogues and activities with the following three objectives.

  • Samoa celebrates the 2015 International Youth DayAug 12, 2015The Samoa National Youth Council (SNYC), in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the Embassy of the United States is leading the organization of a very ambitious event aiming at fostering youth participation.

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