Special Session confirms Associate Justice and ratifies Climate Agreement, among others

PALIKIR, POHNPEI. August 4. 2016 – The Fifth Special Session has adjourned sine-die on Wednesday - August 3, 2016, as scheduled, with the passage of numerous measures among which included the confirmation of an Associate Justice and the ratification of the Paris Agreement.
The Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has confirmed Larry Wentworth to serve as an Associate Justice for the FSM Supreme Court. With a stellar background and over 20 years of service to the FSM Supreme Court, Wentworth’s nomination was confirmed through the adoption of Congressional Resolution (CR) 19-236.
Another highlight of the concluded session was the adoption of CR 19-23 to ratify the climate change treaty better known as the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a treaty within the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change which calls for a global effort to reduce the emissions of green house gases in order to limit global warming to under 2°C. It also calls for voluntary goals or “nationally determined contributions” (NCDs), which would eventually become binding. And finally the Paris Agreement calls for commitment by the developed countries to assist the developing countries in their efforts.


Congress also passed Congressional Act (CA) 19-101 to place a certain restriction on the newly created entity, “the Joint Committee on Compact Review and Planning.” During its session in May 2016, Congress had passed an Act (now Public Law 19-85) to create a Joint Committee on Compact Review and Planning to coordinate the Nation’s preparation efforts towards effective and smooth post Compact government in 2023. The newly passed Act amends the new law to underscore that any contemplated or proposed negotiations with the US will be limited solely to Title Two - Financial Provisions.
In a similar vein, Congress had also during its May session passed an Act (now Public Law 19-90) to establish a National Scholarship Board comprising five members, one from the National Government and one from each of the four states. During the Special Session, the Body adopted the following resolution for nominations to the National Scholarship Board:
- CR 19-241, for Lourdes F. Roboman to serve as the representative of the State of Yap;
- CR 19-244, for Pressler Martin to serve as the representative of the State of Pohnpei; and
- CR 19-257, for Kemsky A. Sigrah to serve as the representative of the State of Kosrae.
Members of two other national boards were also confirmed during the special session, and they included:
- Arthy G. Nena who was confirmed through CR 19-260 to serve as the State of Kosrae’s Representative on the FSM MiCare Board of Directors; and
- Nakama Sana, who was through CR 19- 201 confirmed to serve as the Chuuk State Representative on the FSM Social Security Board of Directors.
While there are numerous other measures from the Fifth Special Session of the 19th Congress, the measures noted above were compiled as highlights from the session to be included in this week’s issue of the Kaselehlie Press. The remaining measures will be disseminated through the regular channels of press releases from the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. If you wish to receive press releases from the FSM Congress, you can subscribe through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.