Tooa Brown and Faauiga Kalapani represents Samoa at YPL’s TechCamp for Climate Action


Tooa Brown and Faauiga Kalapani will represent Samoa at the 2022 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) TechCamp for Climate Action in Auckland New Zealand. 

The pair are part of the 50 young leaders from more than 15 nations across the Pacific that have been selected. This was confirmed in a statement issued yesterday. 

The United States (U.S.) Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, will host the upcoming in-person workshop on October 29-31, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand in conjunction with the Auckland Climate Festival.

During the TechCamp, participants will come together with regional and U.S. leaders in the field of climate science and science communication to identify innovative approaches to combat the climate crisis and drive environmental resilience.

U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, and Samoa Thomas Udall says the State Department is really pleased to be able to fund and support the program.

“This is a special and important program to encourage climate action and provide young leaders a chance to share what they are doing in our Pacific region. Following the workshop, TechCamp participants will incorporate learnings and technologies to implement seed grant-funded projects to mobilize climate change stakeholders in their communities.”

The White House noted at the recent first-ever U.S. Pacific Islands Summit Country in Washington D.C. in September 2022 that: “We will work with the Young Pacific Leaders program to increase opportunities and develop new initiatives to engage young adults across the Pacific region in areas like education, the environment, civic leadership, and economic and social development”