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  • Youth groups receive grants for environmental projects Dec 18, 2015

    The Youth Climate Action Network (YCAN) with representatives from 12 villages in Upolu and Savaii received a grant of USD 47,500. The Network will implement environmental projects focused on four main areas: waste management, rehabilitation of ecosystems, replanting and conservation of forests to protect watersheds and birdlife, and agricultural activities based upon sound ecological principles to support livelihoods generation for unemployed youth.

  • Aspirations: Stories of Samoan Youth shaping their future Dec 11, 2015

    Aspirations is a photographic project that aims at documenting the reality of youths in Samoa, with a special focus on employment.

  • Working for equality between women and men Nov 28, 2015

    As part of the IPPWS, a new training “Helping women win” will be held tomorrow and Tuesday at the FAO Conference Room, in Matautu-Uta, Apia. The facilitator of the sessions will be the Elizabeth Weir and all women candidates are welcome to join.

  • Spotlighting prevention, “Orange the World” kicks off global efforts to end violence against women and girls Nov 25, 2015

    Globally, 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 Samoa Nov 17, 2015

    The 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 COP21 Nov 16, 2015

    Pacific 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 Samoa Nov 3, 2015

    Three 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 Day Oct 29, 2015

    For 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 Nations Oct 25, 2015

    World 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 elections Oct 13, 2015

    Twelve 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.

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