COVID-19 test kits and a machine to test for the virus, arrived today into Samoa and were handed over to the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) to support the Government of Samoa in its response to the global pandemic.
Niue took another step today on the way to achieving its climate and energy security goals, with the signing of an agreement on a new project that will focus on accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency.The new Resident Representative (RR) for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Samoa Multi-Country Office (MCO) today presented his credentials to Niue’s Premier, signaling the beginning of his official duties in Niue.
Wearing green and getting dirt under their fingernails may not be the usual order of business on a Friday afternoon, but that’s exactly what UN and MNRE Forestry Division staff did today for World Environment Day, when they came together to plant over 600 trees.
This is the dawning of a new era for Samoa and the Pacific. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the four countries and territories our office is supporting, the restrictions on international travel and public transport, including the suspension of inter-island ferries, have triggered changes in social dynamics, suspended business operations and caused loss of employment, particularly in the tourism industry and in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
Governments must step up to lead the fight against a growing tide of false, inflammatory and misleading information that threatens to worsen the already severe impacts of the virus, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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208,214

Population

17.1

Basic Needs Poverty

5.4%

Infant Mortality rate

96.5%

Improved drinking water - population

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