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Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau

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About UNDP in Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau

The Apia based UNDP office which was officially set up on 1st July 1979 covers four Pacific Island Countries in the South Pacific Polynesian sub-region. The UNDP Multi-Country Office aims to “make a difference in Pacific people’s lives” by supporting countries to accelerate progress on human development. The MCO works closely with the four Governments and Non Government Organisations on development programmes in the areas of:

 - Democratic Governance
 - Poverty Reduction
 - Crisis Prevention and Recovery
 - Environment and Energy
 - Women's Empowerment


The key decision makers in the UNDP Multi Country Office in Samoa are:

Ms Aliona Niculita, Resident Representative 
Ms. Verena Linneweber, Deputy Resident Representative 
Mr. Niraj Shrestha – Operations Manager
Mr. Aussie Simanu, Assistant Resident Representative / Programme Manager - Environment & Climate Change Unit
Mr. Joseph Mulipola, Officer-in-Charge - Governance and Poverty Reduction Unit

The Resident Representative is the most senior official for the MCO.  The Resident Representative is ultimately accountable for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions in the four programming countries under the purview of the MCO and for also ensuring that the MCO is in full compliance with UNDP policies and procedures.


The UNDP MCO works in partnership with the four Governments (Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau), non-Government organizations, civil society and the private sector, as well as international development partners and other United Nations agencies. Within each of the four programme countries, the Government has designated the line Ministry dealing with aid coordination as the Government Coordinating Agency ensuring that UNDP provides the most relevant support to their Governments.



Mailing Address

UNDP Samoa Multi-Country Office
Private Mail Bag,

Street Address

One UN Building
SIDS Street

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