“We Can Take Control of Our Destiny” Micronesia Islands Forum 2024 Concludes with Goal to Establish Secretary General

“We Can Take Control of Our Destiny” Micronesia Islands Forum 2024 Concludes with Goal to Establish Secretary General


Hagåtña, Guam—The Micronesia Islands Forum (MIF) 2024 concluded today with leaders committing to unity to navigate the complex issues facing the region. Following two days of presentations on issues ranging from workforce development and transportation to energy, education, healthcare, digitization, and cybersecurity, leaders agreed on the next order of business—establishing a Secretary General. 

“Each of us leaders has recognized the need to establish a Secretary General to administer the Secretariat and to increase its capacity to respond to the expanding needs of the MIF. A Secretary General would be responsible for implementing the initiatives and recommendations discussed at this meeting. I’m confident that with this additional resource, we can achieve the goals that we have set for ourselves at this meeting,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “We can take control of our destiny.” 

Leaders echoed the united stance one by one, including Vice President of the Republic of Palau and Minister of Justice J. Uduch Sengebau Senior, who said, “We are one Micronesia unified in solidarity and bounded by our shared history.” 

Guam is currently serving as the host of MIF 2024. MIF, a regional intergovernmental organization composed of island nations and territories in the Micronesia subregion of the Pacific, includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Republic of Palau, the Territory of Guam (US), Nauru, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (US), the States of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae (FSM). Since its establishment in 1994, MIF has held regular meetings. The most recent meeting was held in February 2023 in Pohnpei, FSM. 

On Wednesday, visiting delegations will engage in field trips to the KEPCO Solar Farm in Mangilao, the Ugum Watershed Project, and the G3 Maker Space at the Chamorro Village. MIF 2024 will then conclude with the signing of the Joint Communique. MIF 2024 is available for viewing on YouTube.com/@govlouguam. 

MIF 2025 will be hosted by the Marshall Islands. 


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