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.
Cooperation Agreement Signed in FSM
On 17th February, 2012, IOM signed a Host Agreement with Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in the presence of IOM staff and FSM Government officials in Palikir, Pohnpei. The Host Agreement follows the ascension of the FSM to IOM membership last December, the 100th Council Session of IOM and the Organization’s 60 year anniversary.
The Host Agreement was signed by the Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Samson Pretrick and IOM Country Officer for the FSM, Mr Ashley Carl, in the presence of the Director of the Office of Environment and Emergency Management, senior staff from the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs, other Government representatives, as well as, IOM staff. In his official statement, Mr Carl remarked that this was an important milestone in the relationship between IOM and the FSM and provided the appropriate framework for future collaboration and IOM assistance. Hon. Mr Pretrick remarked that he was looking forward to the ongoing partnership between the FSM and IOM and felt that this next step was appropriate in light of FSM’s new membership status.
The Agreement acknowledges the IOM assistance already provided to the FSM, particularly in the areas of disaster preparedness and assisted voluntary returns. Moreover, the Agreement defines the nature of the relationship between IOM and the FSM and provides a framework for IOM to expand its range of assistance to include climate change adaptation, counter human-trafficking, immigration and border management, among other activities. IOM’s important work in support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will continue in the areas of disaster mitigation, relief and reconstruction.
The Agreement will afford IOM status as an International Inter-Governmental Organization in the FSM with the associated privileges that accompany such a status and are consistent with international conventions and the law of the Host country. This new arrangement has strengthened the partnership between IOM and the Government of the FSM, while ensuring that the IOM can provide enhanced support to the communities of Micronesia.