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WHO Country Liaison Office in Northern Micronesia

In May 1953, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau were assigned to the Western Pacific Region in the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an area. These three countries were members of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands dominated by the United States of America until the Office of the High Commissioner determined to end the association in 1987. Thus all functions were transferred to individual governments. After that decision, these countries joined WHO as its Member States: the Marshall Islands on June 1991, the Federated States of Micronesia on 14 August 1991, and Palau on 9 March 1995.

The Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau were initially covered by the WHO Representative Office in Singapore in 1957, and by the WHO Representative Office in Taipei, China (Taiwan) from 1959 to 1972, when the Office was closed. After that, responsibility for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was transferred to the Western Pacific Regional Office. In 1976, it was decided that the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was to come under the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. In August 2010, the WHO Country Liaison Office was established in the Federated States of Micronesia to cover the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.

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WHO Country Liaison Officer in Northern Micronesia: Huseynova, Dr Sevil