Samoa. During the year, Samoa hosted a UN conference on the needs of small island nations, with around 3,000 delegates from close to 200 countries participating. According to Countryaah.com, Samoa population in 2020 is estimated at 198,425. Climate change was a major issue, and in connection with the meeting, the largest solar-powered power plant in the Pacific was inaugurated. It is part of a solar energy project in collaboration between Samoa and New Zealand that will reduce the island’s fuel costs and fight climate warming.
In July, the government proposed a change in the constitution which means that only the government party should be able to nominate a candidate for the post of head of state. The current model, where each of the MPs can propose a candidate, was created before Samoa had party politics.