Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Fact Sheet
February 11, 2015

More information about Nauru is available on the Nauru Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States established diplomatic relations with Nauru in 1976, 8 years after Nauru's independence from an Australia-administered trusteeship. Relations between the United States and Nauru are cordial. The United States has no consular or diplomatic offices in Nauru. Officers of the U.S. Embassy in Fiji are concurrently accredited to Nauru and make periodic visits.

U.S. Assistance to Nauru

USAID funds small-grants projects in Nauru to assist communities in adapting to climate change. The United States is also a major financial contributor to international and regional organizations that assist Nauru, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, UN Children's Fund, World Health Organization, and UN Fund for Population Activities.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Trade between the United States and Nauru is limited by the latter's small size, remoteness, and economic problems. As Nauru's phosphate mining has declined due to depletion of reserves, the country has relied more on payments for fishing rights within its exclusive economic zone, on the recently revived detention center camps for asylum seekers to Australia (administered by Australia but with opportunities for local employment and compensation to the Nauruan government), and on development assistance. Nauru is a party to the U.S.-Pacific Islands Multilateral Tuna Fisheries Treaty, which provides access for U.S. fishing vessels in exchange for a license fee from the U.S. industry. Under a separate Economic Assistance Agreement associated with the Treaty, the United States government currently provides $21 million per year to Pacific Island parties.

Nauru's Membership in International Organizations

Nauru and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations and Asian Development Bank. Nauru also belongs to the Pacific Islands Forum, of which the United States is a Dialogue Partner.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Kiribati is Judith Cefkin, resident in Fiji; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Nauru has no embassy in Washington, DC, but has a mission to the United Nations in New York. More information about Nauru is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Nauru Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Nauru Page
U.S. Embassy: Fiji
History of U.S. Relations With Nauru
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Travel and Business Information

[This is a mobile copy of Nauru]

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