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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.

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Opening of Chuuk Office

IOM Officially Opens Office in Chuuk State, FSM

Friday, January 18, 2013

 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) officially opened their new sub-office established in Weno, Chuuk State, in the Federated States of Micronesia. IOM has been operating in Micronesia since 2008 in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), specifically in the area of disaster preparedness. More recently, a program funded from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), focused on climate change and disaster risk reduction necessitated the establishment of a permanent presence of the Organization in Chuuk.

IOM will be working together with the State Government and local partners to raise awareness on climate change and climate-induced hazards across 14 schools and communities in Chuuk State for the next 24 months, through the roll-out of an educational curriculum developed specifically for elementary school students, school evacuation drills, emergency first responders training, assistance with the preparation of emergency preparedness plans and the implementation of adaptation measures. Visitors to the new office could read and take away some of the items on display including the educational materials to be used within the classroom and community.

Governor Elimo stated in his special remarks welcoming the IOM to Chuuk: “It is appropriate that IOM establish themselves in Chuuk given the FSM accession to IOM membership only 12 months ago.” The Governor also acknowledged that this is: “the first international organization to establish a presence in Chuuk state… “ and he went further to exclaim: “ It is heartening to see this organization evolve from a presence solely in Pohnpei to having offices across the country.” The IOM sub-office in Chuuk is supported by the Head Office for the north Pacific based in Pohnpei, and is closely coordinating with other sub-offices in Yap State and the Majuro, in the Marshall Islands. 

The IOM Chief of Mission, Mr Ashley Carl thanked the visitors to the new IOM office, including: the Governor, representatives from State Government, civil society, and the private and educational sectors. Mr Carl expounded on the IOM activities in Chuuk State: “Beyond  disaster preparedness and assistance activities, IOM would like to work with the state Government leadership, government agencies, College, schools, civil society, the private sector and the community at large to address some of the risk associated with Climate Change; particularly climate-induced hazards such as landslides and typhoons.”

Notably, Fr Richard McAuliff, S.J. blessed the new office, which was followed by the official ribbon cutting ceremony. The Chuuk-based IOM staff, Mr Jon Martin, Head of Sub-Office and Ms Jennifer Killion, Trainer, as well as Cultural Advisor, Ms Emy Musrasrik, took the opportunity to introduce themselves to guests of the new office. IOM can be reached in Chuuk on (691) 330 8580 or at the IOM Head Office in Pohnpei: (691) 320 8735.

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