Marist effort to clean up Apia before UN conference

The Marist Brothers’ Old Pupils Association in Samoa is working to ensure Apia looks spick and span before, during and after a United Nations conference.

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is to be held in Samoa from September 1-4.

It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that “remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities”.

With support from Marist Brothers’ schools and other organisations, the old pupils association has held a series of “clean up days”.

Hundreds of people of all ages attended their first efforts in Apia.

The initiative first came from association president Peseta Kasiano Ioane.

It was initially envisaged as a one day exercise only.

A discussion with the SIDS conference organiser led to the goal of cleaning up Apia waterfront and town.

Participants were told to wear white or green.

The clean up days were described as completely successful.

The old pupils association especially thanked Chanel College, St Mary’s College and St John’s College and their principals for their efforts.

Teachers, the elderly, children, pastors and parents were also thanked for their contributions.

As part of preparing for the conference, the Samoan government also arranged training for businesses, food handlers and operators who will be allowed “official stalls” as part of efforts to feed the thousands of visitors expected.

More than 150 participants attended the training a few weeks ago. The goal was to ensure that national food standards are adhered to.


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