In regional news, the Federated States of Micronesia may soon be the site of a new United Nations Multicountry Office in the region, after getting the endorsement of other Pacific island nations.
UN presence in the Micronesian sub-region has been, for many years, an issue that Pacific ambassadors have continually called for, according to a release from the FSM government.
With the United Nations recently announcing its plans to have a dedicated multi-country office in the North Pacific region, establishing the new sub-regional HQ in the region is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The proposed sub-regional office not only establishes a UN presence in the area, but it is also supposed to address the needs and priorities of island nations such as the FSM, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, and Nauru.
Following the UN’s decision, the Presidents of the Micronesian sub-regional group met for an interim session at the FSM’s Permanent Mission in late September, just before the opening of the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
After the meeting, the five presidents signed a letter endorsing FSM as the new UN MCO, which was transmitted to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.