Press releases
  • Celebrities paopao “Race Against Time” remind us that is now time to tackle climate change Sep 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.

  • Samoa joins the worldwide celebrations of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sep 26, 2015A bold new global agenda to end poverty by 2030 and pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted yesterday by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at the start of a three-day Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 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.

  • Government and UN launch new programme to tackle Youth Unemployment in SamoaJun 26, 2015The Government of Samoa, through the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, has taken another step forward in their commitment to reduce youth unemployment in Samoa.

  • Conservation of traditional knowledge through “replenishing” the environmentApr 14, 2015The community of Vailoa, Palauli located in the South East Coast of Savaii, Samoa is on a mission to give back to their environment and landscapes, which would in turn sustain traditional knowledge of siapo or tapa making for generations to come.

  • Joining efforts to increase political participation of women in SamoaApr 1, 2015Today representatives from the Government of Samoa, the Government of Australia, UN agencies and civil society organizations gather in Apia to witness the signing of the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) UN Joint Programme.

  • International Volunteers Day 2014 celebrated in SamoaDec 5, 2014National and international volunteer organisations based in Samoa have come together to celebrate International Volunteer Day 2014, and to help hundreds of the country’s citizens join in as well – reflecting the theme for the event this year, ‘People’s Participation’. 300 participants from across Samoa, all committed to being lasting partners in the nation’s development, took part in the day-long event that kicked off with a trek and police band at central Apia.

  • Samoa launches climate change adaptation project for communitiesNov 7, 2014The Government of Samoa, including Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MNRE) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed a project agreement aimed at incorporating climate change risks mitigation measures and adaptation opportunities across relevant sectors.

  • Samoa steps up efforts to implement the Rio ConventionsSep 17, 2014The Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a new project to step up efforts to meet obligations under the Rio Conventions on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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