WELCOME TO SAMOA: Former Miss South Pacific and Miss Samoa, Verona Parker, welcomes the world to Samoa with a siva Samoa during the official opening of the S.I.D.S. conference at Tuana’imato last night. The spectacular show of culture involving hundreds of proud Samoans set the tone for five days of meetings up ahead.

The world leaders who are in Samoa for the United Nations third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference were given a taste of Samoan culture last night.

IMPRESSED WITH SAMOA: The Commonwealth’s Head, Caribbean and Pacific Section, Political Division, Leuluaiali’i Albert Mariner with the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma at the Tuana’imato S.I.D.S venue yesterday.

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, wants more practical commitments from world leaders who are in Apia this week to aid the plight of Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S).

IN SAMOA: Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo and U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, welcomed the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to Samoa yesterday.

KEY MOMENT: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi (right) with the Secretary General of Emirates Competitiveness Council, Abulla Lootah, at Aleipata yesterday during the launch of the $3.6million wind farm project.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations to the world for more help to cope with climate change.

FRIENDS FROM AFAR: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, Minister for E.P.C. Manualesagalala Enokati Posala is pictured with Samoa's friends from the U.A.E at Vailoa Aleipata yesterday.

An $3.6million wind farm project launched at Vailoa Aleipata yesterday promises to provide electricity for 1,500 families and save the government over $1million tala a year.

FRIENDS FROM AFAR: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, Minister for E.P.C. Manualesagalala Enokati Posala is pictured with Samoa's friends from the U.A.E at Vailoa Aleipata yesterday.

An $3.6million wind farm project launched at Vailoa Aleipata yesterday promises to provide electricity for 1,500 families and save the government over $1million tala a year.

RIGHTS: Fiu Mataese Elisara.

Samoa’s Civil Society Organisations (C.S.O) yesterday expressed bitter disappointment at the lack of participation from civil society groups during the consultation process for the S.A.M.O.A Pathway document.

ONE LAST LOOK: The Head of State, His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (right) is accompanied by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, at Tuana’imato yesterday where His Highness was a given a tour of the facilities to be used for the third Small Island Developing States conference. The pre-conference events begin today while the main conference is scheduled to start on Monday next week. See full coverage of S.I.D.S inside. Photo: Ilia L. Likou.

The Third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) Conference is almost here. You can smell it, almost touch it.

WORKING IT OUT: Director of the International Labour Organisation’s Office (I.L.O.) for Pacific Island Countries, David Lamotte.

More work needs to be done to create jobs for people irrespective of where they come from.

Ambassador Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia

“We are not doing this for Samoa, we are doing this to provide the stage for partnerships. For me, if there are partnerships that will be launched that will benefit Tuvalu, Kiribati and other countries in other regions all the better”