Permanent Mission of Palau to the United Nations

Technical Assistance to the Permanent Mission of Palau to the United Nations

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In response to a request from the Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations, the Institute provides technical assistance to Palau's Mission to the United Nations.

Palau achieved independence in 1994, but established a mission to the UN only in April 2004.

The Institute’s contribution, in large part through the work of IILJ Scholars, has included research on issues such as Law of the Sea, Environmental Law, and Financial Regulation, as well as attendance at meetings to present Palau's formal position and report back to the Ambassador.

IILJ Scholars participating in the program include:

2007-2008: Anna Cavnar, Matt Haar, Alexis Blaine, Christen Broecker, Sasha Khrebtukova

2006-2007: Alexis Blaine, Christen Broecker, Anna Cavnar, Andrew Friedman

2005-2006: Peter Prows, David Y Livshiz, Jared Schott, Amanda Rawls

2004-2005: Nick Arons, Cade Mosley, and Jared Wessel (Nick Arons also worked in the office of the Vice President, focusing on maritime issues)


More information on Palau is available here:

Republic of Palau

Profile of Ambassador Stuart Beck

CIA World Factbook Information - This site contains in-depth information about Palau, including facts about the island's geography, people, government, economy, transportation and much more.

Coral Reef Alliance - Visitors will find scores of information about coral reefs at this Web site. View the photo gallery and learn more about coral reef endangerment and conservation projects.

Micronesian Seminar: Research Issues in Micronesia - The Micronesian Seminar is a private organization which engages in public education within Micronesia. Here you can research      current events and obtain information on political issues in Micronesian society.

Palau Visitors Authority - Primarily a tourism site, the Palau Visitors Authority Online also has information on Palauan legends, history and culture.

PBS: Secrets of the Ocean Realm - Meet some of the ocean's fascinating and unusual creatures at this companion site. Browse beautiful photos and read detailed sketches of the creatures in the series, access classroom activities for each episode, download a screen Saver and more.

Summer Institute of Linguistics: Languages of Palau - Learn about the languages of Palau using this Web site's Ethnologue catalog.

University of Texas: Map of Palau - View the many islands of Palau using this detailed map.

U.S. State Department: Travel Advisory - Country description, entry requirements, criminal penalties, customs information and road safety are all topics you will learn about when visiting this Web site.

Survivor: Palau


The following books are also good sources for information about Palau:

Barnett, H.G. Being a Palauan Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1960.

Case study in cultural anthropology from Palau in the 1940's and 50's. The author was the staff anthropologist for the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific in that time period.

Department of State, United States. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1993. Department of State, 1994.

US government report on status of Palau. Includes international and regional relations, economic status, and politics.

Gordon, Maura. Conservation Practices and Ethics of Palau. Palau Resources Institute, 199?.

Values and practices taught through oral instruction. Including  legends and proverbs.

Gosliner, Terrence M. Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific. Sea Challengers, 1996.

Color photograph collection of marine life. Includes information on distribution of each species.

Haynes, Douglas &Wuerch, William L. Micronesian Religion and Lore: A Guide to Sources 1526-1990. Greenwood Press, 1995.

This guide contains many references to Palau, including: myths, legends, magic and medicine.

Myers, Robert. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics, 1991.

Guide to identification of coral reef fishes in Micronesia. Includes information on: oceanography, climate, zoogeography, types of reefs and more. Drawings and color photos of hundreds of types of fish of Micronesia.

Otobed, Demi & Maiava, Iosefa. Palau - State of the Environment Report. South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 1994.

Current state of environment in and around Palau. Includes marine resources, cultural and archaeological Resources and the socio-economic status of the Palauan people.

Paxton, John R. Dr. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, 1995.

This book reveals the fascinating world of fishes. Written by leading experts from around the world.

Pulea, Mare. Palau - Environmental Legislation Review. South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 1994.

This book looks at laws and administrative policy in terms of addressing major environmental issues in Palau.

Sale, Peter F., ED. The Ecology of Fishes of Coral Reefs. Academic Press, 1991.

Review of the ecology of coral reef fishes presented by top researchers from North America and Australia.

Stafford-Deitsch, Jeremy. Reef - A Safari Through the Coral World. Sierra Club Books, 1991.

General reef information including reef structure, habitat, and fish behavior. A diver's guide to coral reef fish and history of the reef.