The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Samoa Multi-Country Office today joined the global launch of the 2020 Human Development Report by launching the first ever Braille-translated Report for Samoa. This has been made possible by Braille equipment procured by UNDP, and handed over to the Samoa Blind Persons Association via the Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA) organization.
When the government first declared the COVID-19 State of Emergency lockdown in March 2020, it was expected that many things would change. The country had its first experience of SOE conditions just a few months earlier when Samoa was hit by the measles pandemic. People knew that there would be changes, but not to the level and magnitude that eventually unfolded especially in terms of domestic violence (DV) and gender-based violence (GBV).
The Digital Pacific Conference 2020 got underway today, highlighting the critical need for digital transformation as the way forward to recovery post COVID-19.
Malaeolemā Alipia, 64, quickly chopped up freshly picked cucumbers from her garden and stirred them into a pot of tinned fish that was simmering on the open fire.
Tokelau – It’s geographic isolation is perhaps one of the key reasons why it is still COVID-free, but Tokelau’s remoteness also poses a critical challenge in trying to enhance its systems and capacities to prepare and respond to the pandemic.
The British High Commission in Samoa is co-financing a UNDP project that promotes a circular economy with the aim to create youth employment in the segregation, collection and recovery of glass waste.
Tapora Kai Enua is the traditional Cook Islands practice of villagers bringing their crops together to be distributed and shared with everyone in the village.

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208,214

Population

17.1

Basic Needs Poverty

5.4%

Infant Mortality rate

96.5%

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