IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
On August 24, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was hosted by the Assistant Secretary for Education, Mr Hiram Malolo at the Ebeye Public School. Principals from all schools on Ebeye and Gugeegue attended a presentation given by IOM Chief of Mission, Mr Ashley Carl. The IOM will be implementing the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) on behalf of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in both Majuro and Ebeye.
Through the CADRE Program, IOM aims to educate up to 3,200 students; primarily ninth graders over the next 2.5 years in climate adaptation and disaster preparedness. Moreover, a select number of schools will receive assistance in small-scale psychical adaptation and mitigation measures. The overall aim of the Program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to climate change while increasing their resilience to natural hazards.
The principals asked very pertinent questions during the briefing, including the role of IOM, as a migration agency, in disaster response and preparedness. Mr Carl responded to this question, by highlighting the displacement of people (or forced migration) that often results from natural disasters. Mr Carl stated, “IOM’s role is critical in assisting Governments in reducing the likelihood of uncontrolled forced population movements as a result of natural disasters.”
The educators were pleased with the assistance coming to their island and Mr Malolo commented, “IOM’s assistance is welcome in Ebeye, as students need to be educated about the important topics of climate change and disaster preparedness. Also, the evacuation drills will be very beneficial to the schools.”