By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Cultural leaders from the Micronesian region will come together in a public forum next week to share the most pressing issues and challenges on their islands as well as the traditional wisdom that continues to guide their communities.
The forum is the 4th Biennial Western Pacific Conference on Public Administration and Policy Solutions being hosted by the Master of Public Administration candidates at the University of Guam in collaboration with the UOG Regional Center for Public Policy.
The conference is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, on Zoom.
Under the theme “Discover – Traditional Perspectives,” it will feature presentations by traditional leaders from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshalls Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands, with each presentation followed by a moderated discussion.
“This conference will bring our honorable traditional leaders into one virtual platform,” said MPA candidate Adam Suharto, chairperson of the conference. “It will be a unique opportunity to honor traditional wisdom and be enlightened through their perspectives as we innovate and find ways to better serve our communities.”
To attend the 4th Biennial Western Pacific Conference on Public Administration and Policy Solutions, register at https://url.uog.edu/WPC2021. For more information, contact Conference Chairperson Adam Suharto at (671) 487-2527 or email@example.com, or visit the conference website at www.discovertraditionalperspectives.com.
The graduate students hope the dialog can inform future collaborative projects between the islands and the MPA program, Suharto said.
The MPA program has hosted the Western Pacific Conference every two years since 2015, focusing on the topics of public policy and solutions, improving services for local veterans, decolonization and self-determination, and this year, traditional perspectives.
The conference also looks to further the University of Guam’s Platinum Jubilee theme of “Transforming Lives, Advancing Communities” and the university’s strategic initiative to build and strengthen regional partnerships.
Partners in the conference include the UOG Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network, the UOG Center for Island Sustainability, the Guam Green Growth initiative, Guam EPSCoR-GECCO, Guampedia, and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Guam.