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Louder voice for Pacific Islands at UN General Assembly

source: Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Greater prominence for Pacific Islands’ perspectives on global and regional development issues within the United Nations system is expected to be a major outcome of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) becoming an observer to the UN General Assembly.

SPC was formally granted observer status overnight following the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Miss South Pacific Pageant underway in Samoa

Samoa Observer interviews Miss Samoa

Eight of the most beautiful and intelligent women in the Pacific have graced Samoa’s shores this week.
The occasion is the Miss South Pacific Pageant, with the pre-pageant activities kicking off this morning with a church service at the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral at Mulivai.
Guided by the theme “Our Pacific Paradise,” the Pageant will be held on Friday at Gym 1 of the Tuana’imato Sports Complex.

Meet the Gaualofa crew in Auckland

Pacific island rivalry on the sports field is a well known fact. But to see these sons and daughters of the Pacific working in unison in bringing the Gaualofa in to the beach at Okahu Bay in such horrible weather last night was a moving experience - 9:25pm exact.

Chikungunya affects more than 3,000 in Samoa

The number of people infected with Chikungunya in Samoa has reached more than 3,000.

Ministry of Health figures up until the last week of November show 3,l35 cases of the mosquito-borne virus.

The Ministry says 333 people reported to hospitals that week, the most number of people showing symptoms of the disease in one week since the initial outbreak in July.

The latest numbers mean that l.7 percent of Samoa's population has contracted "Chik" whose symptoms include fever, sore joints and a rash.

New report warns of human rights risks in trade deals

A new report published this month encourages Pacific island countries be cautious with trade agreements if they threaten human rights.

The Pacific Trade and Human Rights report is a joint effort of the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and was launched in Suva and Auckland.

A co-author of the report and a Pacific Policy Adviser with Oxfam, Wesley Morgan, says an example of trade impacting human rights was when the United States pressured Samoa to reverse its ban on unhealthy turkey tails imports from the US as Samoa sought WTO membership.

Samoa seeking new police commissioner

Almost a year after the suspension of Samoa's former police commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, applications are being sought to fill the position.

In September, the government upheld a recommendation by a Commission of Inquiry to terminate the service of Lilomaiava because he breached his duties.

It was the result of a separate Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption and abuse of power in the management of Tafaigata prison.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says it's hoped a new police commissioner will bring a fresh start for the ministry of police.

Pacific islands on climate change front line

Kiribati's ambassador to the United Nations, Makurita Baaro, says small island states like her country, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Tokelau are at the front line of climate change.

She has told the UN Climate Convention in Lima in Peru that they are an early warning system for the global community.

The Pacific nations combined with the Maldives earlier this year to create the Coalition of Low Lying Atoll Nations on the issue of Climate Change.

High ranking public servants suspended in Samoa

The electoral commissioner and the chief executive of the ministry of justice have been suspended by the public services commission in Samoa.

Papalii Malietau Malietoa and Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe are suspended on full pay awaiting the outcome of an investigation carried out by the commission.

The PSC chief executive, Fuimaono Beth Onesemo, says there are allegations of non-compliance

with governing legislation and policy regarding their duties

Fuimaono says the two week suspensions are necessary and can also be extended.

Gaualofa crew welcomed by Pacific Collective

Some of the Pacific Collective leaders who stayed back till after 10pm last night to welcome and care for the Gaualofa crew on their safe arrival in Auckland, New Zealand.


The "Gaualofa", va'atele or traditional sailing double hulled canoe, was provided to the Aiga Folau o Samoa or Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS) by Okeanos Nature Film Productions (ONFP) in 2009, under a lease to purchase agreement. In June of 2012, Gaualofa was gifted to SVS and Samoa by Okeanos founder, Dieter Paulmann and his wife Hanna.


Main suspect in alleged $50,000 theft flees Samoa

The main suspect in Tthe alleged theft of more than $50,000 from the National Health Services (N.H.S.) has fled to New Zealand.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity, a government source revealed that the suspect in the case left the country last week.

“I don’t know how she managed to leave with a stop order being served,” the source said. Yesterday, the Samoa Observer reported that up to 10 people are involved in the alleged theft.

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