Washington, DC, September 27, 2023 – While in Washington, DC for the US - Pacific Island Forum Summit and subsequent meetings relating to the FSM’s compact of free association, President Simina administered the Oath of Office to recently confirmed Mrs. Universe Yamase Lawrence, who will serve as Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) of the FSM to the United Nations.
The ceremony took place at the FSM’s Embassy in DC, with her family, embassy staff, and members of the President’s delegation in attendance to witness the occasion. Following the oath, President Simina gave some remarks, where he noted that this moment is a significant step in the right direction to achieving more gender equality within his administration, stating that “we need more young, energetic and capable women in these roles." Acting Secretary of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ricky Cantero, proposed a toast, thanking DPR Lawrence and her family for answering the call to service.
The Simina-Palik administration congratulates and welcomes the FSM’s newest diplomat aboard, and looks forward to working with her, Ambassador Jeem Lippwe, and the entire team at the Mission in New York to advance the FSM’s goals at the United Nations.