On August 5, 2019 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo made an historic visit to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to meet with the leaders of the Freely Associated States. During his visit, Mrs. Susan Pompeo had her own slate of engagements, starting with a coffee with First Lady Patricia Edwin and Mrs. Ancelly Simina at the Ocean View Orchid Restaurant.
After the meeting Mrs. Pompeo visited the College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM) to meet with the COM-FSM Storytellers/Filmmakers. The students spoke about their ongoing work in conjunction with the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation to preserve Nan Madol, UNESCO World Heritage Site, a project which empowers Micronesian youth to utilize film as a storytelling technique.
Following her visit to the COM-FSM, Mrs. Pompeo met with International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni, Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Alumni and Tuna Diplomacy Youth Leadership Program Alumni. The group included members from the FSM and Pohnpei State government, non-governmental organizations, and students from Pohnpei. The Tuna Diplomacy Alumni, Mayren Wichep, Bellana Hadley and Ampelina Johnson, described how the program enhanced their leadership development, community advocacy experience, networking, communication skills, and marine sustainability awareness. They told Mrs. Pompeo about how they established an international organization called “International Teens Upholding Nature Association” (iTuna), one outcome of the project, which will continue to focus on combatting plastic pollution, ensuring plastic ban laws enforcement in their respective countries, organizing environmental clean ups, and increasing ocean sustainability awareness.
Mrs. Pompeo also made a stop to visit the FSM Post Office gift shop and met with Postmaster General Ginger Porter Mida to see the many unique products produced in the FSM. Finally, to close out her visit, Mrs. Pompeo joined a wreath laying ceremony to honor FSM’s fallen heroes with Secretary Pompeo and FSM President David W. Panuelo.