27 Jan 2014

Samoa hosts second UN SIDS planning meeting

2:53 pm on 27 January 2014

The venues for the United Nations Small Island Developing States conference to be held in Samoa in September are under the watchful eyes of a UN planning team now in Apia for a week-long meeting with the government.

The team is led by the UN's Under-Secretary General for Economics and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, and eleven UN Secretariat members.

They are meeting the Samoa government this week to look at preparations for the 2014 third international conference on Small Island Developing States, with 3,000 delegates expected to attend.

The team will be visiting the Faleata sports complex as well as the site for the conference's media centre currently under construction.

This is Mr Wu's second visit since April, when the prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi revealed that a cruise ship will be brought in to accommodate more than 1,000 delegates.