France and the Federated States of Micronesia

Our relations with the Federated States of Micronesia remain modest but are developing gradually. President Peter Christian attended the 4ᵗʰ France-Oceania Summit in Paris on 26 November 2015, as well as COP21 four days later. His support was absolutely crucial during the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Summit that enshrined the accession of New Caledonia and French Polynesia as full members.

As regards culture, an ethnographic living museum was opened in the State of Yap in 2011. Museum projects continue in Micronesia in liaison with representatives of France’s Pacific communities and Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa (New Caledonia).

France has financed archaeological missions at the megalithic site of Nan Madol on Pohnpei Island, and the site was incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage list on 15 July 2016. The most recent mission was carried out in early 2017 by the Director of the Institute of Archaeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific, aimed at referencing the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger and as such defining the conditions for safeguarding it. A stone money disk from Yap, an exceptional item of historical heritage, was given to the Quai Branly Museum at its inauguration.

Updated: 22/06/2017

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