18 September 2006
The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Samoa is in New York attending the United Nations High Level on the Midterm Comprehensive Global Review of the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010 that started today 18 September and culminates with the adoption of the High Level Declaration on the morning of 19 September 2006. The Prime Minister delivered Samoa's statement at the High Level meeting in the morning which highlighted progresses made thus far and the need to address remaining challenges for the full and effective implementation of the Brussels Program of Action. He also urged the General Assembly to give consideration to the economic and environmental vulnerabilities of Samoa as a least developed country and a very small island developing State and reconisder the proposal to graduate Samoa from the list of the LDCs. The Prime Minister will alsobe attending the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly that starts on 19 September after the closure of the High Level Meeting. He is scheduled to deliver Samoa's statement to the United Nations on Thursday 21 September 2006. He has a number of other high level meetings that follow thereafter both at the United Nations as well as with the Honorary Consulate in Los Angeles, CAlifornia before his return to Samoa on Tuesday 26 September 2006. The Prime Minister is accompanied by his Good Lady, Gillian Malielegaoi, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Honourable Vaeolenofoafia Tapasu Leung Wai and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Aiono Mose Sua.
7 October 2005
Samoa will host from 17-19 October the Pacific Regional Meeting to follow up on the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy. The meeting will provide the region a platform to discuss priority issues among the range of issues addressed in the Mauritius Strategy and to explore further partnership possibilities with civil society and the donor community for the further implementation of the Strategy. The Mauritius Strategy, adopted at the International Meeting to review the implementation of the BPOA held in January 2005 in Mauritius, contains a set of commitments between the small island developing States and development partners and actions for the sustainable development of SIDS. The meeting, organized by the United Nations, is expected to be attended by representatives of Pacific countries, regional organizations, and the United Nations and its specialized agencies.
14 September 2005
The Prime Minister, Hon Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is attending the United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting scheduled for 14-16 September 2005 to be followed by the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly convened thereafter from 17-23 September 2005. The Prime Minister, accompanied by Mrs Malielegaoi, Member of Parliament Hon Leota Lu II and CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Aiono Mose Pouvi Sua are in New York for the duration of the High Level Plenary Meeting and the first few days of the General Assembly before returning to Samoa on Tuesday 20 September 2005. The Prime Minister is slated to deliver Samoa's statement at the High Level Plenary Meeting on Thursday 15 September and on Sunday 18 September at the General Assembly General Debate. Copies of the two statements are available under the Statements subsection of this website.
3 August 2005
The Pacific Forum Core Group of Leaders convened in New Zealand from 7-12 July 2005 to assess the current progress of the Pacific Plan that was initiated at the previous Pacific Islands Forum Meetings in 2003 and 2004. The Core Group, upon consideration of the latest work on the draft Pacific Plan agreed upon the shortlist of immediate Implementation Options presented to them that represent the main priority goals of the region, which were economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security. The Core Group also confirmed that the Pacific Plan is on track for presentation to the Forum Leaders for adoption at the next and upcoming Pacific Islands Forum Meeting scheduled to be held in Papua New Guinea in October. The Honourable Prime Minister and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade participated.
2 August 2005
A total of 17 police officers have finalized preparations for respective international peacekeeping missions. Four officers will be deployed to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for a period of twelve months, three officers to the United Nations Office in Timor Leste (UNOTIL) for a similar period, and ten officers to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) for nine months.
2 August 2005
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Misa Telefoni is attending the Regional Ministerial Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals iin Asia and the Pacific, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 3-5 August 2005. The theme of the meeting is "The Way Forward 2015" and is part of preparations for the High Level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.