Palau actively participated in formulating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Accordingly, Palau welcomes the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process as an opportunity to reflect on achievements and acknowledge vulnerabilities while accelerating progress toward a global development paradigm characterized by resilience, sustainability, and equity – an Era of Sustainable Development.
Over the 25 years since independence, as a small island but large ocean state, Palau has established governance and infrastructure supportive of modern nationhood and evolved from a low-income country in 1994 to a high-income country in 2017. Palau achieved seven of the eight MDGs and has played a leadership role globally and locally in safeguarding the environment for future generations. Other achievements include universal access to quality health care and education, reduc- tion of poverty amidst a growing economy, a sustainably financed nationwide network of protected areas, and enduring regional and global partnerships. None- theless, challenges remain due to vulnerabilities as a small island developing state, global economic forces, and climate change.