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  • Samoa ready to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing Nov 10, 2017

    Samoa’s biodiversity, rich and unique, is the result of years in geographical isolation. The launch of a new project puts the small Polynesian country at the forefront of “Access and Benefit Sharing” – helping ensure communities derive significant economic, social and environmental benefits from the country’s extensive genetic resources.

  • Government of Samoa’s exceptional gesture to the United Nations system in Samoa Nov 4, 2017

    The United Nations system in Samoa hosted a soft opening for its new premises at Tuana’imato, referred to as the One-UN House on Friday, 3 November 2017. The building previously housed the UN Secretariat to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States held in 2014 in Samoa.

  • Samoa hosts series of meetings to operationalise the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development Nov 3, 2017

    The Government of Samoa, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the UN system hosted Pacific Islands Country Representatives in Apia on 1 and 2 November to discuss the delivery of the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development (PRSD). The Roadmap was endorsed by Forum Leaders at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum meeting held in Apia in September.

  • Samoa is ready to IMPRESS with launch of large-scale renewable energy project Oct 31, 2017

    As officials gather in Bonn for the annual COP climate talks, the Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today officially launched a multi-million dollar project (dubbed “IMPRESS” - “Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power System in Samoa”) to enhance sustainable and cost-effective energy production in the Small Island Developing State.

  • GCF Samoa Inception Workshop Oct 25, 2017

    The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Development Program will be holding an Inception Workshop for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Government of Samoa (GoS) funded project “Integrated Flood Management to Enhance Climate Resilience for the Vaisigano River Catchment” on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October 2017 at the Tanoa Hotel.

  • 1,400 students and teachers in Samoa participate in tsunami evacuation drills Oct 12, 2017

    On the occasion of International Day for Disaster Reduction, tsunami evacuation drills in Samoa mobilised 1,400 students and teachers to test their school disaster preparedness and evacuation plans.

  • UN Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenča’s visit to the UN in Samoa Sep 6, 2017

    The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča was warmly welcomed by the UN Resident Coordinator, Lizbeth Cullity, to address all UN personnel at the FAO Conference Room today.

  • Samoa Receives 28 Grants for Environmental Projects Sep 1, 2017

    Twenty-eight applicants from Upolu and Savai’i were awarded grants through Operational Phase 6 of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The opening of the inception workshop for the nineteen recipients of grant awards in Upolu was held this morning at the TATTE Convention Centre, following the workshop in Savai’i on 31 August 2017 where nine successful applicants signed grant documents.

  • Global Climate Fund Samoa project launch and Inception workshop Aug 21, 2017

    The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Finance and the United Nations Development Program has launched the Global Climate Fund Samoa project & Inception workshop.

  • Rare skink, believed on the verge of extinction, found in Niue Aug 21, 2017

    Pacific conservationists and international scientists are very excited that a Niuean skink thought close to extinction has been re located. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) today announced the find of the Olive small-scaled skink Emoia lawesi by a member of its Ridge to Reef (R2R) project team.

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