SUVA, 02 OCTOBER 2019 (PACNEWS) — Marshall Islands top diplomat at the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Gerald M. Zackios is the proposed Micronesian candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Ambassador Zackios has received the full backing of the leaders of the five Micronesian countries of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau.
Presidents of the five sovereign Micronesian countries, David W. Panuelo (FSM), Taneti Maamau (Kiribati), Tommy Remengesau Jr. (Palau), Hilda C. Heine (Marshall Islands) and Lionel Aingimea (Nauru) signed a joint letter addressed to the Pacific Islands Forum Chair nominating Ambassador Zackios.
The leaders met on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly 74th session in New York last week.
Ambassador Zackios is highly regarded and well respected throughout the Micronesian sub-region as a preeminent example of a world-class diplomat and negotiator, with an unrivaled intellect that respects Pacific values and cooperation. His career as a public servant includes such distinguished appointments such as the Regional Director for the Pacific Community’s North Pacific Regional Office in Pohnpei, the RMI’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the RMI’s Attorney General, and the Chief Negotiator for the RMI’s Compact of Free Association with the United States in 2001-2004.
It is the understanding of the Micronesian Governments that it’s the Micronesian sub-region’s “turn” to serve as the Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum. The current Secretary-General, Dame Meg Taylor is from Papua New Guinea (Melanesia) and the previous one, Tuiloma Neroni Slade was from Samoa (Polynesia).
Dame Meg Taylor was re-appointed for her second three-year term in 2017. Her current term will come to an end next year. (PACNEWS)