Palau Presides Over Adoption of Historic UN Arms Trade Treaty

2 April – The United Nations General Assembly has voted to adopt a historic arms trade treaty, with Palau presiding over the final vote (pictured). The agreement, which has been years in the making, would regulate the international trade in arms and conventional weapons. A majority of countries were in favor, with 154 Member States voting in support, 3 against, and 23 abstaining.

Read more from the UN News Centre here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44539#.UVtfD6tASth

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz
UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Pacific Islands Champion Oceans and Climate Change in First Sustainable Development Goals Discussions

On March 14th, His Excellency Mr. Robert G. Aisi, Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations and Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) to the United Nations, gave a statement on behalf Palau and others at the meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He emphasized the need for procedural cooperation and continued discussion on oceans as a priority agenda in the post-2015 SDG framework.

The statement can be read by clicking here. Please visit our Official Statements page.