United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultation - Joint Priorities for United Nations Support in FSM for 2018 – 2022

Press Release #1607-03

Palikir, Pohnpei FSM Information Services
July 29, 2016

On July 26, 2016 a “United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultation (UNPS) was held at the Governor’s Conference Room in Pohnpei State.  The purpose of the consultation is for the UN to work closely with the FSM in support of FSM’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The SDG’s are a set of 17 agreed goals by UN member states which targets Food Security, Good Health & Quality Education, Economic Growth, Climate Action, Partnership for the Goals among others.  The consultation included participants from the FSM National Government, Pohnpei State Government, NGO’s, Civil Societies, Private Sectors, and Donor partners with the UN Resident Coordinator for the Pacific, Ms. Osnat Lubrani and her staff.

The meeting commenced with opening remarks given by the Honorable Governor Marcelo Peterson of Pohnpei State welcoming the participants.  “On behalf of Pohnpei State and its people, I am honored to host this dialogue which will continue the work we have already done on 2013 – 2017 under the UN Development Assistance Framework” expressed Governor Peterson.  UN Resident Coordinator Lubrani gave her remarks on behalf of her UN Pacific Team and thanked the FSM National Government for concurring to this meeting and Pohnpei State for hosting this dialogue session.  

A presentation by Mr. Eugene Amor, Assistant Secretary of Budget and Economic Management on behalf of FSM gave an overview of the FSM’s national priorities and plans, outlined FSM’s priorities aligning to the SDG agenda and identifying areas where UN initiatives would contribute to FSM’s development priorities. And in response to the overview of FSM’s national priorities UNRC Lubrani and accompanied UN officials provided guidance on how their respective agencies would mobilize their programs to align against these national priorities.  It was further recognized that the 2013-2017 UN Development Framework (UNDAF) gave them more insights on their comparative advantages and how to capitalize on other partnership opportunities complimentary to country priorities.

Both the FSM SDG Working Group Agency Facilitator, Ms. Alissa Takesy of the FSM Department of Resources & Development and UN Team took note of open dialogue outcomes and wrapped up with identifying initial next steps of the iterative consultative process towards implementing FSM SDG Localization Project to roll out the development of the Joint Priorities for UN Support in FSM for 2018 – 2022.

The consultation ended with closing remarks from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, T.H. Lorin S. Robert in which he expressed his appreciation to the UN team lead by Lubrani for the timing of the UNPS consultation and to Governor Peterson and the people of Pohnpei for the continued support as host country to the National Government. Secretary Robert went on to express FSM’s unique relationship with the UN “because not only is October 24th celebrated as a national holiday but it is that UN has been part of our nation’s history where FSM was one of the thirteen UN Trust Territories, and that our nation is a living product of the UN Trusteeship as well as FSM was designated by the UN Security Council as a strategic trust”.

For details, please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, by email: foreignaffairs@mail.fm or telephone: +691 320-2613/2641.