The President of French Polynesia, H.E. Mr. Edouard Fritch, visited the Permanent Mission of Samoa to United Nations on Tuesday 5 October 2021. President Fritch was accompanied by Mr. Manuel Terai, Permanent Secretary for International Affairs and Mr. Engel Raygadas, Deputy Permanent Secretary.
The Independent State of Samoa and the Dominican Republic have formally established diplomatic relations with effect from 23 September 2021. The Joint Communiques were signed between H.E. Mr. Roberto Alvarez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, and H.E. Fatumanava-o-Upolu III Dr. Paolelei Luteru, Permanent Representative of Samoa to the United Nations, at the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic in New York.
Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataafa - Prime Minister
“I appealed for an end to violence everywhere, now. But violence is not confined to the battlefield. For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their own homes.”
- ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
The United Nations calls on Samoa to uphold its commitment to ending all forms of violence against women and girls, including violent threats, intimidation, verbal and physical harassment and abuse and stands ready to support all actors in their efforts to achieve this goal.
The new Permanent Representative of the Independent State of Samoa, Fatumanava Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday 3rd of June 2021. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs. Matilda Bartley, Deputy Permanent Representative, to the presentation of credentials ceremony.
On the 27th February 2020, H.E. Aliioaiga Feturi Elisaia and Madam Maria Lei Sam-Elisaia departed New York for Samoa, upon completion of their tour of duty as the Ambassador, Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Independent State of Samoa to the United Nations in New York.
The High level meeting to review the progress of SAMOA Pathway was held 27th September 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The President of the General Assembly, UN Secretary General and the Prime Ministers of Fiji and Ireland spoke at the opening. They also invited a youth representative from Papua New Guinea and Hawaii-born “Aquaman” star, who is of Native Hawaiian descent, Jason Momoa to address the meeting. “Island nations contribute the least to this disaster, but are made to suffer the weight of its consequences,” he said.
The general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly was held from 24 – 30 September 2019. This is the annual debate for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues. The theme for this year is “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.”