Majuro, Marshall Islands – The Micronesian Women’s Conference held its final day of dialogue at the University of the South Pacific Conference Center in Majuro, the Republic the Marshall Islands (RMI). The morning began with a presentation from Milan Loeak, Board member, Micronesian Youth Services Network (MYSN), on the Micronesian Youth Services Network Declaration developed at the annual meeting of the MYSN which convened in Majuro July 2017. It was presented to the Ministers to consider recommendations pertaining to youth in the Micronesian region. The session provided an overview of how MYSN will promote gender equality and the empowerment of young women with the MYSN 2017 Declaration implementation.

The morning proceeded with a distinguished panel of permanent representatives to the United Nations: H.E. Amatlain Elizabeth Kabua from the RMI, H.E. Jane J. Chigiyal from the FSM, and H.E. Marlene Moses from Nauru. These esteemed female leaders from Micronesia spoke about their role as Ambassadors to the United Nations to promote the Micronesia position on gender equality in global negotiations processes, sponsored resolutions and within committees, groupings and strategic alliances, such as, the Pacific Small Islands Developing State (SIDS) grouping and in the United Nations General Assembly. The SIDS played a very important role in ensuring that climate change (SDG13) and oceans (SDG14) were included as Sustainable Development Goals thus ensuring the immediate needs of SIDS are articulated and accounted for at the global level within the United Nations.

Civil society organization representatives also presented a statement reflecting their recommendations to governments of Micronesian countries. The statement was delivered by Ms Christina Stinnett, President of the Chuuk Women’s Council, FSM. For the Civil Society Statement, click here.

The Micronesian Women’s Conference Chair Honorable Amenta Matthew, Minister of Culture and Internal Affairs, Marshall Islands presented the draft Micronesian Women’s Conference Declaration called the Jined Kibed Declaration, and the Recommendations for the Micronesian Women’s Conference to delegations for consideration. Through dialogue and deliberation, the  Jined Kibed Declaration, was successfully endorsed by all delegations. Nauru will host the next Micronesian Women’s Conference in 2020.

Her Excellency President Dr Hilda C. Heine congratulated the participants on a successful Conference and for working tirelessly to amplify the voice of women and girls in the region.

The conference was supported by the Government of the Marshall Islands in partnership with Women United Together Marshall Islands with funding support from the European Union, the Government of Australia, and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Other development partners providing support include the Pacific Community, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Asian Development Bank, and the International Organization for Migration.

MEDIA ACCESS: Members of the media are invited to cover this event.

Venue: University of the South Pacific Long Island Campus Conference Center, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Date:  Tuesday August 8 – Thursday August 10,

Time:   8:30am-5:30pm

For more information on the conference and the program please contact the Chair of the Micronesian Women’s Conference organizing committee at [email protected] or visit our website rmi.micronesianwomensconference.spc.int

Media contact:

Denise de Brum-Reiher, Chair, Media Subcommittee of the MWC Organizing Committee – [email protected] &
Angela Saunders, Vice-Chair, Media Subcommittee of the MWC Organizing Committee– [email protected]

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