MOH, MCIT and UNDP partner to bolster Samoa's COVID-19 response

Two thousand COVID-19 test cartridges were handed over to MOH today, along with IT equipment that were temporarily held by MCIT, by UNDP.

The cartridges, or panels, will be used for the Ministry’s existing GeneXpert machines for COVID-19 testing. They are produced by US-based molecular diagnostics company, Cepheid, and in high demand at the moment, so Samoa is fortunate to be able to secure this shipment.

UNDP seeking unprecedented COVID-19 support for vulnerable countries

Income losses are expected to exceed $220 billion in developing countries, and nearly half of all jobs in Africa could be lost. With an estimated 55 per cent of the global population having no access to social protection, these losses will reverberate across societies, impacting education, human rights and, in the most severe cases, basic food security and nutrition.

Samoan women discuss barriers to political participation

The discussions were hosted by UN Women and UNDP.

In partnership with the Government of Samoa, the Australian Government and local organisations, UN Women and UNDP joined forces to implement the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) project from 2015 to 2016.

With Phase 1 of IPPWS completed, yesterday’s consultations pursued to ensure Samoa’s women leaders guide the future direction of the programme.

Samoa One-UN YEP Supports Organic Farming and Production

With the support of the Samoa One-UN Youth Employment Programme Samoa 1UN YEP) on 19 August 2017, WIBDI inaugurated its new processing facility at Nu’u fitted out with new modern food processing equipment, laboratory, cooling rooms and office facilities.

The project is funded by the United Nations Development Programme Sustainable Development Goals Trust Fund.

WIBDI is a well-established, multi-award winning NGO that specializes in organic agriculture and employment of youth and women in the farm-to-table value chain for both domestic and international markets.

New renewable energy project for Samoa

The signing this week brings the project another step closer to launch and Samoa’s climate and energy security goals. 

Known as ‘IMPRESS’ (“Improving the Performance and Reliability of RE Power System in Samoa”), the new project focuses on mitigation. It forms part of the Government’s plan to move away from fossil fuels and reach a target of 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.  

4 Savaii youth groups receive assistance from UN programme

Funding was provided by UN One Youth Employment Programme.

The groups produce handicrafts with recycled objects and build furniture from used tires.

Other initiatives are obtaining skills in repairing sewing machines and other activities aimed at increasing number of youth in the production process.


Photo by UNDP Samoa 


UNDP funding enables 18 youths to receive training in culinary skills and techniques

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between the Samoan Culinary Association and the Ministry of Ministry of Women, Community & Social Development, UN’s partner in implementing Youth Employment Programme projects, to support the agreement.

As a result of this funding 18 youth will be trained in culinary skills and techniques, with the prospect of finding an employment in hospitality and tourism industry.

Samoa One-UN YEP stays focused on developing more opportunities for youth training and employment in Samoa.


Life changing opportunities for Samoan youth

As he had always enjoyed cooking for his family, he jumped at the opportunity to further improve his cooking skills when he saw a TV advertisement inviting youths to apply for a Culinary Training Programme. 

UN calls for increased efforts to combat corruption

Corruption is an issue that affects all countries around the world.

It contributes to a lack of trust and confidence in governance and leadership, undermines democracy, and sets countries back economically.

In a statement, the UNDP says: “Strengthening anti-corruption measures and building transparent institutions is a priority task for governments and citizens around the world, including in Papua New Guinea.