UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office


Date: 08/12/2013

PacificUNFPA is committed to ensuring that reproductive health and women's empowerment are central to development plans, health sector reforms and programming efforts to reduce inequities and to achieving universal access to quality reproductive health services, commodities and information.

The UNFPA PSRO provides technical and programme assistance to fourteen (14) Pacific Island Countries (PIC): Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji Islands; Kiribati; Republic of the Marshall Islands; Nauru; Niue; Palau; Papua New Guinea (technical assistance); Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Kingdom of Tonga; Tuvalu; Republic of Vanuatu.

In an effort to consolidate resources and improve coordination, UNFPA embarked on joint efforts with UNDP and UNICEF to establish Joint Presence offices (JPOs) in seven countries - the Federated States of Micronesia; the Republic of Kiribati; the Republic of the Marshall Islands; the Republic of Nauru; the Republic of Palau; Tuvalu; and the Republic of Vanuatu. This strengthened presence in the Pacific comes as part of its commitment to UN Reform.

UNFPA's presence has also been strengthened in Solomon Islands and Samoa (jointly with UNICEF). UNFPA will continue to work with countries in using population data for policies and programme to reduce poverty and to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA Pacific SRO seeks to improve the lives and expand the choices of Pacific peoples through providing programming and technical assistance to increase the availability of a broad range of reproductive health services and commodities to all women, young people and men.

UNFPA works in partnership with Pacific Island governments, to formulate population and development, reproductive health including adolescents and gender policies and strategies, to reduce poverty and support sustainable development. Assistance is provided to Pacific Island countries to collect and analyse population data that can contribute to governments' assessment of population trends. The Pacific SRO recognizes that reproductive health, education and gender equality are prerequisites for sustainable development and poverty reduction and that the integration of population issues into national development strategies is essential.


UNFPA was established in 1967 by Mr U Thant, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), based on the UN General Assembly Resolution 2211 (XXI) which called on the UN to provide assistance in the field of population. The organisation began its journey as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), consistently addressing the most delicate and sensitive issues of population growth, human reproduction and sexuality. In 1987, the organisation was renamed United Nations Population Fund without changing its abbreviation. UNFPA has continuously updated its approach on the basis of the global population and development consensus reached during the UN conference held in Bucharest (1974), Mexico (1984) and Cairo (1994). The consensus on population and development during the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and articulated in its Programme of Action (PoA), provided the UN member states a 20-year horizon of principles and recommendations to address the population and sustainable development concerns.