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.
PALIKIR, Pohnpei - On August 22, 2012, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted an information session through the College of Micronesia - FSM’s Forum Lecture series at the COM-FSM National Campus, Media and Instructional Technology Center.
The lecture was conducted by IOM Trainer and COM alumni, Ms. Yolanda Joab. Ms. Joab has been working with IOM for over one year, teaching elementary school students in Pohnpei about climate change and natural hazards. About working for IOM, she stated "Going from COM to IOM has been a real growing experience. There is never a dull moment and I am challenged everyday to learn and try new things. The biggest reward is knowing that the work that I am doing is benefitting my country and people."
The presentation commenced with an introduction on IOM's work globally, and then led to a summation of the two programs IOM is managing in Micronesia: The Disaster Mitigation, Relief and Reconstruction Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) Program being implemented on behalf the Australian Agency for International Development. Following a discussion on the career opportunities that IOM has to offer, 43 enthusiastic students signed up as IOM volunteers. Mr. Joseph Daisy, COM President, pointed out that the volunteer trainings that IOM is offering will benefit the students by enhancing their skills and capabilities to become professionals in their chosen field of work. Moreover, he acknowledged that that the training would link well with some of the college programs that the students are currently taking and would be a way for them to not only give back to their community but heighten their education.
Aside from the presentation, a variety of IOM information sheets were available for the audience to accustom themselves with the activities of IOM. Over 60 individuals, including COM students and faculty members, were able to gain further insights on the critical importance of IOM’s work both globally, in our region and within our communities.
The International Organization for Migration (691) 320 – 8735/95 or IOM Micronesia website: http://micronesia.iom.int/