President Christian Attends the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York
Press Release #1706-03

Palikir, Pohnpei
FSM Information Services
June 12, 2017


The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, H.E. Peter M. Christian, joined fellow international Leaders in New York to attend the United Nations Oceans Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of the Republic of Fiji and the Kingdom of Sweden.  The conference focused on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14; a goal whose intent is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.  There are a total of 17 SDG’s.  These SDG’s represent the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly during its annual meeting in September, 2015.

In his statement in the conference plenary session, the President highlighted that “As islanders, all of us know how important the ocean is to islands, and how important islands are to those who live on them.”As such, “we must give special consideration to the preservation of the health and quality of the ocean.” He then called for world leaders to act, that the 2030 Agenda for this SDG laid out a “pathway to a good future” and as world leaders, “we are required to act,” starting off as individuals, then as nations, and ultimately combine efforts to build “an acceptable global platform.” President Christian further emphasized that “I know we have come together to show our solidarity once again in the preservation of our valuable oceans, but it is difficult to speak about the ocean and its well being without thinking of Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.” He proceeded to say that when he spoke about climate change, “I think of Paris, not so much of its glamour but more about witnessing so many nations joined together for a common good cause.”

He included in his remarks to fellow leaders that, “The notion of our-own-people first is a basic, undeniable element of good leadership.” By taking care of our own first, and cooperating with one another, “it does tend to bring out the best in all of us.” He concluded his statement by asking the United States “to do what it can afford to do as a nation about climate change and for our Oceans; if not for Micronesians, then for the sake of the United States and Americans.”

The Conference events included plenary meetings, partnership dialogues, side events and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The outcomes of the Conference included a Declaration on the Call for Action, the Chair’s summary of the seven Partnership Dialogues and a listing of Voluntary Commitments. These documents can be found at the website of the Conference (https://oceanconference.un.org/).


Members of President’s delegation included representation from the President’s Cabinet, Congressional Leadership, officials from the Executive and Legislative branches of the FSM Government, and the FSM Private Sector.