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Human Rights Council 16: Universal Periodic Review of the Federated States of Micronesia: Adoption of the outcome

New Zealand statement

As a fellow member of the Pacific Islands Forum, New Zealand welcomes the delegate of the Federated States of Micronesia today at the adoption of its Universal Periodic Review.

On 9 November last year, New Zealand took part in the UPR of the Federated States of Micronesia, making several recommendations about combating domestic violence and the sexual abuse of women, and improving children’s rights.

The Micronesian delegation engaged actively in the process and made some commitments in areas of interest to New Zealand.  These included a statement that the strategic development plan of the Federated States of Micronesia had identified gender as one of its priority areas.

There was the possibility of legislation to allocate reserved seats for women in the national congress.

On the subject of gender-based violence, the delegation would seek assistance from donor partners in crafting relevant legislation. 

New Zealand welcomes these responses and acknowledges at the same time the limited nature of the resources at the disposal of the Federated States of Micronesia as a small island state.  We look forward in due course to the majority of the recommendations made by the international community during the UPR receiving full consideration by Micronesia, with a view to their implementation.

Thank you.

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