Palau’s government said it has achieved seven of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during the presentation of its Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2019 held in New York on July 16.
Education Minister Sinton Soalablai, who delivered the statement on behalf of the Palau government, said that Palau had taken the leadership role in safeguarding the environment.
Soalablai also highlighted Palau’s other milestones such as providing universal access to quality health care and education, reduction of poverty due to growing economy, establishment of sustainable nationwide network of protected areas, and “enduring regional and global partnerships.”
The eight MDGs are eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education, to promote gender equality and empower women, to reduce child mortality, to improve maternal health, to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, to ensure environmental sustainability, and to develop a global partnership for development.
Soalablai shared that the First VNR in Palau began in February 2016, which was only five months after UN member states adopted the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. He then mentioned the initiatives done by the government and civil society stakeholders that led to the development of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Framework.
“Despite the extensive work we have already undertaken, we recognize that the job has only just begun. First and foremost, the SDGs are not about reporting but implementation,” Soalablai stressed.
The Education Minister said that 54 percent of the 95 targets set under Palau’s SDG Framework still require accelerated work to be accomplished by 2030. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)