The Government of the Republic of Suriname hosted the inaugural High Level Conference on Climate Finance Mobilization for High Forest Cover, Low Deforestation (HFLD) developing countries from 12th – 15th February 2019. The conference aimed at strengthening the collaboration and motivation of HFLD countries to keep their forests intact by joining forces and producing a shared global action plan, to contributing to the goal to cap global temperatures at 1.5 degrees.
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi addressed the UN General Assembly on Friday 28th September 2018 where he emphasized that “climate change is one of the most pressing security challenges for island countries” and that for Samoa “climate change embodies the fullness of Samoa’s realities and aspirations” impacting on society, the economy, the Samoan culture, faith and peoples way of life.
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi spoke at the High Level Events during the United Nations General Assembly Leaders week in the United Nations Headquarters, New York September 2018 which discussed the need for urgent global response to Tuberculosis and Non Communicable Diseases . Honourable Prime Minister spoke of the burden of these diseases on Pacific small island developing states like Samoa, and highlighted some of the regional and national responses to these epidemics.
The Treaty Event on the promotion of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was held on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 5.00pm at the General Assembly Building.
The first session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC)on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) was held from 4th – 17th September 2018 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The seventeenth meeting of the States Parties of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was held at UN Headquarters, New York on 29th June 2018. The agenda, inter alia, included the election of nine (9) members for the Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee) to replace those who will complete their terms on 28 February 2019.
Ms Maliliga Sefululua Vasa, Principal Sector Planning Officer from the Ministry of Finance of Samoa attended the Fifty first Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD51) that was held from the 9th – 13th April 2018.
Maliliga delivered the national statement for Samoa on the 11th April 2018, during the general debate of the CPD51. The statement reaffirmed the commitment of the Samoa Government to the ICPD Program of Action through national policies and programme implementation.
The sixty second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) was held from the 12th – 23rd March 2018. The priority theme for CSW62 was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”
The President of the Republic of Marshall Islands, Her Excellency Ms Hilda Heine delivered the statement on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum members for the Sixty Second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) on the 12th March 2018.
Vanuatu’s Ambassador to the United Nations His Excellency Mr Odo Tevi delivered a statement on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum states with Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The occasion was the general debate of the 2018 ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment held on the 1 March 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters.