Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Sudden Death of Joe Konno

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): May 28, 2010 - Family members, friends and colleagues mourn the sudden death of Joe Konno who passed away in Guam on the night of May 24, 2010. Konno was transiting in Guam on his way to attend a climate change conference in New Zealand. An autopsy report has been released for information to Konno's family; however, the results have not yet been released to the public.

Konno was an acknowledged expert on environmental issues and worked tirelessly advising stakeholders regarding the impacts of climate change on our country. After working for ten years as the Executive Director and International Advisor of the Chuuk Environmental Protection Agency, Konno moved with his family to Pohnpei in 2007, to work as the FSM 2nd National Communication Coordinator with the Office of Environment and Emergency Management (EEM).

"Joe Konno was a pillar of strength in the areas of environment in the FSM, Micronesia and Oceania. He is going to be truly missed here in Pohnpei and the Region - with his big grin following an unpardoned and a genuine shot at issues; may his soul rest in peace," said Amena Yauvoli, from the Pohnpei Office of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Konno is survived by his wife, Cely Konno, and his five children: Joseph Konno Jr., Vanessa, Jacob, Roxanne and Norma. A Mass Service was held on May 28, 2010, at the Catholic Church, coordinated by EEM and Micronesia Seminar; the remains of Konno will be transported to Chuuk where a final funeral service will be held.

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FSM Office of the President
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Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
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