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SIDS Conference opens with thanks to U.N. for continuing to address challenges

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Apia, SAMOA  — Leaders around the world, who are in Samoa attending the United Nations third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference were given a first hand view of the Samoan culture through a fast paced slap (fa’a taupati) dance and fire knife siva during the opening ceremony which was well attended by thousands of delegates at Tuana’imato.
 



Ten vie for ths year's Miss Samoa title

McDonald’s Family Restaurant major sponsor of this year’s pageant
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APIA, SAMOA  — This year’s annual beauty pageant, Miss Samoa, is a hallmark event representing an appreciation of the beauty and essence of the Samoan woman, and celebrating the richness of Samoa's heritage and culture with the theme “We are Samoa”.
 
The major sponsor of the pageant is McDonald’s Family Restaurant, with president and owner of McDonald’s, Tautolo Charlie Tautolo saying sponsoring this pageant is a “well done” investment.
 



SIDS: Stopping climate change is 'about survival'

Apia, SMAOA — World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.

“This is about people, it's about survival,” she told the UN New Centre, speaking on the margins of the Third International Small Island Developing States Conference on the Pacific island of Samoa.



Slideshow: In Samoa at the SIDS conference

photos: Lilomaiava Andrew Fa’asau, Naenae Productions

Samoa continues to put on a spectacular cultural show of events to welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and leaders and officials of the UN member countries that are in Apia to attend the 3rd international conference on Small Island Developing States.
 



Samoa's prep for SIDS Conference is FIRST CLASS

What a difference five months makes.

I was last in Apia in April - on the Foreign Minister Murray McCully's joint Pacific mission with the European Union.

We visited what was then a sports stadium and to put it bluntly it looked a long way from being anywhere near ready for the UN Small Islands Developing Nations conference which is being held this week. A very long way.

The bulldozers were hard at work, there were piles of earth, in short, it was a construction site.



UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon goes for sail on Hokulea

Hokulea and her sister escort canoe Hikianalia took some special guests for a sail Monday in Apia, Samoa, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr.

"People often say we are in the same boat," Ban Ki-moon said during a conference. "I would say we are all on the same small island on the same small planet Earth; this is like a small boat in the universe."

Ban presented crew members with a handwritten message in a bottle to take with them on their worldwide journey. The note said:



Conference on Small Island Developing States opens

Apia, SAMOA — Heads of State, policymakers, business leaders and representatives from civil society have gathered in Apia, Samoa, to pledge their support for small island developing states by forging partnerships that will help these nations to overcome a unique set of environmental and economic challenges.



Samoa PM acknowledges good faith shown in SAMOA Pathway document

The negotiated Outcomes Document of the 3rd Small Islands Developing States Conference that gets underway in Samoa today, has been hailed as a ‘rarity’ in the history of the United Nations.

The SAMOA Pathway, as its known, was negotiated and endorsed by member countries in New York, months before the Samoa meeting.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi acknowledged the leadership of New Zealand and Singapore in getting consensus, leaving the time in Samoa to discuss concrete proposals for partnerships.



Stellar line up for 24th Teuila Festival 2014 in the heart of Apia

Apia is in a festive mood and crowds have been growing all week at the Government Plaza enjoying the entertainment during the preliminary week of the Teuila Festival, buying food from the many stalls selling local and international dishes and wandering around the arts and crafts stalls.

The Teuila Festival has earned its niche on the Pacific cultural map and, the 24th annual festival starts in earnest on Monday.

Highlights will include the SIFA Fautasi Challenge, the Chief’s Fiafia Show and the Best of Samoa Entertainment Show.

Fautasi contest is eagerly awaited.



U.N. Secretary General bestowed chiefly title

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on Sunday given the title of 'Tupua' or 'chief' in south-eastern Samoa by villagers whose homes had been struck by a tsunami nearly five years ago.
 
Wearing traditional 'siapo lavalava' around his waist and a beaded 'palefuiono' with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga.
 



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