MOU Signing Pictorial: Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra, Director General of SPREP and Professor Tuifuisa’a Patila Malua Amosa, NUS Vice-Chancellor & President.
National University of Samoa and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme strengthen environmental cooperation.

Apia, Samoa – Wednesday, 29th May 2024.

The National University of Samoa (NUS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have strengthened cooperation to fight climate change, work to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in the Pacific region.

This the focus of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two organizations during the 4th Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Change Conference (POPCCC) closing ceremony on Thursday 23rd of May 2024.

The MOU, signed by Professor Tuifuisa’a Patila Amosa, Vice-Chancellor & President of NUS, and Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra, Director General of SPREP aims to promote cooperation between the two organizations in areas such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, waste management, and natural resource management. The agreement also recognises the importance of capacity-building initiatives and research on environmental heritage.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with SPREP and the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) to address some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing our region,” said Professor Tuifuisa’a. “Through this partnership, we also aim to leverage our collective strengths and expertise to drive meaningful environmental change, ultimately benefiting the well-being of our communities and ensuring a more sustainable future for our region.

SPREP is a regional, intergovernmental organisation comprising 26 members consisting of 21 Pacific Island Countries and Territories and five developed countries with direct interests in the Pacific region. The organisation exists to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve the Pacific environment, to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. It marks its 31st anniversary this year.

At the signing ceremony, SPREP’s Director General, Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra, congratulated NUS for playing a critical role in the successful co-hosting of the 4th POPCCC.

“The 4th Pacific Oceans Pacific Climate Change Conference has been a wonderful platform for talanoa and exchange on ongoing, emerging and innovative solutions, research, technologies and opportunities to address climate change issues in the region,” said Mr Nawadra.

“I would like to acknowledge the National University of Samoa, Professor Tuifuisa’a and her team. Today, SPREP welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with partner organisations like the NUS to enable us to serve our Pacific communities better and to always ensure our goal of working towards a more resilient Pacific environment is at the front and center of everything we do.”

The NUS/SPREP partnership establishes a framework for regular bilateral meetings between the parties to discuss areas of cooperation and develop joint work plans. The MOU also enables the exchange of information and best practices between the two organisations, as well as the provision of training and capacity-building initiatives guided by the environmental, health and safety laws.

As a significant step forward in strengthening climate change and environmental cooperation in the Pacific region, we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our communities.

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For more information please contact:

Leilani Smith, Marketing and Communications Officer, NUS, Samoa | Tel. +685: 20072 ext. 283 E: l.smith@nus.edu.ws  | www.nus.edu.ws

Sosikeni Lesa, Media and Public Relations Officer, SPREP, Samoa | Tel. +685: 20072 ext. 283 E: sosikenil@sprep.org  |  www.sprep.org

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