On the eve of Earth Day, the leaders of Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau celebrated fifteen years of progress and impact of the Micronesia Challenge and affirmed their commitment to the new Micronesia Challenge 2030 goals.
This vibrant virtual forum of over 250 attendees provided a platform for the Leaders to join with the Micronesian community and regional and global partners to build momentum toward the new Micronesia Challenge 2030 goals to effectively manage at least 50% of marine resources and 30% of terrestrial resources by 2030 across the region and to be a voice for sustainability and climate change. These new goals provide a platform to regionally connect locally-led action to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
This event was hosted in alignment with the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President of the United States of America. H.E. David Kabua, President of the Republic of Marshall Islands also joined the Summit and connected the Micronesia Challenge to Local2030 Island Network that is supported by the US.
The following is a summary of quotes that share the highlights from this Forum. The Forum used strengths-based and participatory approaches to create connection and energy through participants sharing their own stories of success.