Kolonia, Pohnpei: March 1, 2024 – Governor of Pohnpei, Stevenson A. Joseph, welcomed a courtesy call from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for the Pacific Subregion, Ms. Munkhtuya Altangerel, and Deputy Resident Representative, Mr. Kevin Petrini, based in Pohnpei and staff.

Resident Representative Altangerel, who is on her second mission to the Federated States of Micronesia, recently presented her credentials. The meeting provided an opportunity for her to share insights into UNDP’s ongoing initiatives, particularly in the areas of climate resilience, Emergency Operations Centers, and governance.

Governor Joseph expressed his keen interest in leveraging UNDP’s expertise in public service delivery facilitation. The discussions delved into strategic development plans, capacity building, digitalization of government services, and access to financing, with a particular focus on climate financing, where UNDP is an accredited entity.

The conversation also touched upon the implementation of compact resources, where Governor Joseph candidly noted challenges, especially in the timely execution of infrastructure projects. Both parties recognized the need for further collaboration, emphasizing the importance of addressing climate-related challenges, a central concern for Pohnpei.

Resident Representative Altangerel highlighted the invaluable role that Deputy Resident Representative Kevin Petrini plays in facilitating priorities in Pohnpei. Governor Joseph welcomed the support and collaboration, citing Petrini’s local presence as a key asset.

The meeting concluded with a commitment to strengthen collaboration between the Pohnpei State Government and UNDP, with a focus on addressing pressing issues such as climate resilience and efficient utilization of compact resources.


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