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To cooperate on youth, women, jobs, environment, health

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe, March 20, 2012) – RMI President Christopher J. Loeak joined other regional leaders from the US Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the States of Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae, and Pohnpei for the 17th Micronesian Chief Executive Summit (MCES) held March 14-15, 2012 at the Sheraton Laguna Resort in Guam. The MCES is a bi-annual conference that has been the premier gathering of leaders from the US affiliated states of Micronesia to discuss overcoming challenges and agree on favorable initiatives for the benefit of the entire Micronesian region.

The summit’s opening day was devoted to the introduction of Chief Executives and First Ladies; turnover of chairmanship to Guam; and review and adoption of summit agenda. Agenda for the 17th summit included updates from officials on the Micronesia Challenge, Regional Workforce Development Council, and the designated representatives from the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Future.

Presentations were also made by representatives from the National Association of Regional Planning Council, Center for Micronesian Empowerment, Global Island Partnership, Biodiversity Conservation United Nations Environmental Programme, and many others.

Micronesian Chief Executives duly submitted and adopted nine Resolutions (listed below) on March 15, 2012.

Resolution No.17-01

Calling for a Health Care, Non-Communicable Disease Law and Policy Summit

Resolution No.17-02

Urging the members of the MCES to endorse and support implementation of the Sustainable Finance Plan for the Micronesian Challenge in each jurisdiction in order to ensure the long term sustainable funding for environment conservation in the Micronesian region.

Resolution No.17-03

To address the Global Environmental Impact of Climate Changes in Micronesia and to Coordinate and Implement into the Micronesian Challenge our Region’s Response to this Challenge.

Resolution No. 17-04

To Support and Encourage the formation of the Women of Micronesia Exchange Network (WOMEN) to foster, promote, and encourage full participation of women in leadership roles in civic society and good governance.

Resolution N0.17-05

Endorsing the Micronesian Youth Services Network Conference Held in Koror, Palau from March 15-16, 2012

Resolution No.17-06

Urging the Development of Radio Free Micronesia, a Region Wide Public Broadcast Network that Applies the Best Available and Affordable Technology Toward Rebuilding a Common Electronic Medium for our People.

Resolution No.17-07

Endorsing the Micronesian Biodiversity Plan and Calling for Further Collaboration and Engagement of Local, Regional, and International Partners.

Resolution No.17-08

Relative Workforce Investment Workgroup and the Regional Workforce Development Council

Resolution No.17-09

Endorsing the Request to the United States Department of Interior by the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Future to Allow the University of Guam to Sub-Contract the Management of Award No. TA-UOG-MCSF-2011-10 Directly to the Micronesian Center for a Sustainable Future.

As a first time member to the MCES, President Loeak commended the efforts of the Chief Executives, as well as, the predecessors in setting and building a solid foundation to collectively address the issues that are of common interest. He assured the RMI’s full commitment to continuing its involvement and partnership to meet collective goals.

The Chief Executives announced that the 18th MCES will be held in the RMI in conjunction with the 12th Micronesian President’s Summit (MPS).

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