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Republic of Palau
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Location  Oceania
Capital  Melekeok
Area  459 sq km
Population  20,956
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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) on 8 October 2018 certified Palau as having eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem, signalling continued global progress against this profoundly disfiguring and disabling neglected tropical disease.[1]

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  • The Palau Congress on 22 October 2015 passed legislation to fully protect 80 percent of the Pacific island nation’s waters, an area known as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. As a result, 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers), an expanse larger than the state of California, will exclude all types of fishing.[2]

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  • President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, Jr, was announced as a winner of the UN’s top environmental accolade the Champions of the Earth award on 17 November 2014 for his pioneering Green Economy Policies.[3]

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  • Palau became first Pacific nation to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of up to $23 billion each year and endanger biodiversity and food security in many countries, as announced by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization on 1 December 2015.[4]

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  • Palau became a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an international organization working to foster global monetary cooperation and secure financial stability, on 16 December 1997.[5]

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