Nauru. In January, the country got its third female
parliamentarian so far when Gabrissa Hartman won in a
general election in the Ubenide constituency. According to
Countryaah.com, the mandate
had become vacant when Health and Transport Minister Valdon
Dowyogo passed away in December 2016.
In May, Nauru lost the right to financial aid from the
United States. This is because the country recognized the
two Georgian outbreak republics of Abkhazia and South
Ossetia. In May, US President Donald Trump signed a law
stating that both regions belong to Georgia and are occupied
by the Russian Federation. Despite the US ban on financial
aid, Naurus President Baron Waqa confirmed his country's
ties to Abkhazia when he also traveled to the breakaway
republic during a visit to the Russian Federation.
In October, the United Nations-affiliated Green Climate
Fund (GCF) approved a $ 27 million grant to help Nauru cope
with the effects of climate change. The planned measures
included an upgrading of the harbor on the coral island.