Articles: Micronesian Chief Executives to Consider Regional Issues at 17th Bi-Annual Meeting

Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 11, 2012 - 10:18 PM

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Micronesian leaders will discuss regional conservation, compact-funding, and critical issues impacting small island developing states during meetings hosted by Guam's Governor Eddie Bazo Calvo, at the Sheraton Laguna Resort, March 12-15. The U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta is scheduled to lead the Compact-impact discussions during the Summit.

Participating in the 17th Micronesia Chief Executives’ Summit, with the theme "Ocean Unites Us," will be presidents, governors and government officials from Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI), the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) composed of Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei, and Kosrae.

GOVERNOR: To all my fellow Guamanians who hold tight to their Marshallese, Ponpheian, Palauan, Kosraean and Chuukese heritage… and to my fellow Chamorros from Saipan, Rota and Tinian:  your proud leaders from your home islands will be here this week to work with one another during the 17th Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit.

We’re coming together with one common goal – one united purpose: to set the course for a better Micronesia…

We’re not just going to talk about our peoples’ most pressing issues…  we’re going to lay the foundation for workable strategies to improve your quality of life.  We have the capacity to build a globally competitive Micronesian economy and I’m going to ask each and every one of our leaders to commit to one another – and to you – to turn these strategies we develop into action.

SUMMIT: The United States Affiliated Islands of Micronesia are experiencing a period of rapid economic change, urbanization, globalization, and increasing significance to U.S. national security. In response to common challenges unique to small island developing states, and given the extraordinary opportunities within the region to preserve, leverage and integrate indigenous, natural, and human resource systems and to establish processes of collaborative governance, the member jurisdictions established the Micronesia Chief Executives' Summit (MCES).

Since the 1st Summit was hosted in Palau in March 2003, the MCES has met bi-annually and has issued a series of joint communiqués and related resolutions, letters and associated actions and arrangements. These cooperative arrangements form an emerging foundation of regional cooperation and governance. Because the Islands of Micronesia are all communities that draw their economic livelihood, cultural values, spiritual well being and civic strength from their ocean-based environments, many common activities focus on environmental protection and sustainable development.

The primary purpose of the MCES is to coordinate and implement regional strategies to assist its member jurisdictions. Among those initiatives are the following:

    The Micronesian Challenge;
    The Pacific Islands Regional Recycling Initiative Council (PIRRIC);
    The Regional Invasive Species Council (RISC);
    The Regional Energy Committee: Green Energy Micronesia;
    The Regional Telecommunications Committee;
    The Regional Tourism Committee;
    The Regional Transportation Committee;
    The Regional Workforce Development Council;
    The Regional Health Committee; and,
    The Micronesian Center for a Sustainable Future (serving as Secretariat to the MCES).

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