France and the Federated States of Micronesia

Our relations with the Federated States of Micronesia remain limited (apart from contributions to the European Development Fund – EDF), despite a number of occasional technical cooperation projects (installation of photovoltaic panels). They are often poorly promoted at federal level (ethnographical museum of Yap).

The Paris Conference did, however, allow us to acquire renewed visibility, which we should continue to capitalize on. President Christian commended France’s leadership and advocated the effective production of an ambitious regional strategy for the implementation of the commitments made at COP21.

France has also been called upon to support the UNESCO World Heritage listing on 15 July 2016 of the remarkable megalithic site of Nan Madol, situated on the island of Pohnpei. Archaeological missions have been funded as such, the most recent of which 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. These issues are managed by our embassy in Manila, which has sought to supplement its action plan with a specific annex on Micronesia.

French expertise is acknowledged and appreciated. It has also been requested for the creation of the future national museum and the Federated States of Micronesia is keen to forge closer relations in this framework with French Polynesia and with New Caledonia, where the Tjibaou cultural centre is a success.

It was under the Presidency of Micronesia that the Pacific Islands Forum accepted the accession of New Caledonia and French Polynesia as full-fledged members in 2016.

Updated: 13 October 2017