September 26, 2014
News Update
Leveling up BOMI staff
October Bank of Marshall Islands (BOMI) Operations Manager Kakom Paul reached a milestone by graduating recently from a three-
year bank training program with the Pacific Coast Banking School in the United States. Paul was funded by BOMI and is the second of BOMI's senior staff to complete the program, with other staff now beginning the training. A three-week session annually produces multiple assignments to work on and submit online. Paul said it was not easy to handle her full-time work duties and get her school assignments completed. BOMI President Patrick Chen is pushing staff at different levels to increase their educational levels.
Read more about this in the October 3, 2014
edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.
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Marshall Islander Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner delivered a powerful call for climate action that brought hundreds of world leaders to their feet to clap and cheer at Tuesday’s opening ceremony at the United Nations’ Climate Summit in New York City. Kathy gave a short introduction, and then launched into a performance of a poem to her daughter that within minutes was grabbing headlines in world media. “This climate change poem moved world leaders to tears today,” headlined a story about the Summit and Kathy in Her eloquent words and forceful delivery sparked the heads of state and other delegates from around the world to rise from their seats in the staid General Assembly hall for an extended ovation at the conclusion of her remarks that ended the opening ceremony of the UN’s Climate Summit. She was the only one of seven speakers to receive an ovation. As the audience gave their enthusiastic ovation, Kathy was joined at the podium by Makerusa Porotesano with their baby daughter Matafele Peinam in his arms. Kathy was wrapped in two “jaki-ed” made by expert weaver Susan Jieta. Kathy said she was speaking not only as a Pacific islander but as a mother representing the world. “We’ve seen waves crashing into our homes and our breadfruit trees wither from salt and droughts,” she said. “We look at our children and wonder how they will know themselves or their culture should they lose our islands.” “The price of inaction is so high,” she said in her opening remarks. “It is mothers like me who are standing up (for climate action).” She asked world leaders to “take us along for your ride,” and promised, “we won’t slow you down. We will help you win the most important race of all — the race to save humanity.” She then stepped down from the podium used by the previous speakers to a microphone specially set up for her performance of the poem to her daughter. Without notes, she delivered a three-minute oration that spoke to the world about her fears of climate change and the need to fight through roadblocks that are preventing action to solve climate problems. The standing ovation that followed recognized the impressive performance from the 26-year-old poet and College of the Marshall Islands teacher who has already challenged people’s comfort zones with her video performances of “History Project,” “Tell Them,” and “Lessons from Hawaii.” During Tuesday’s presentation at the UN, Jetnil-Kijiner looked world leaders in the eye and challenged them to action. “We deserve to do more than just survive,” she said. “We deserve to thrive.” Closing her poetry oration to her daughter, she said lovingly: “Close your eyes in peace, we won’t let you down.” World leaders stood and cheered. But will they take action that as Jetnil-Kijiner, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former US Vice President Al Gore, Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and others at the summit opening asked for? Following Jetnil-Kijiner’s speech, the one-day summit immediately broke into smaller groups where country leaders were expected to issue statements of their commitments and plans to deal with climate. Ban said he hoped Tuesday’s summit would help world leaders gain momentum to forge a meaningful plan of action when they meet in Paris for climate negotiations next year. Her speech can be viewed on YouTube:
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner immediately after her riveting presentation at the United Nations with Makerusa Porotesano and their baby daughter, Matafele Peinam.
Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.
World leaders give Kathy a standing ovation at the UN
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