UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office

Partnership Strategy

Date: 23/07/2013

UNFPA will continue to maintain a close partnership with governments, the UN system, the donors and development partners, regional, intergovernmental and civil society organizations. Separate Letters of Understanding will be signed with NGOs and Government implementing agencies.

UNFPA's programme to the sub-region is delivered either directly to implementing agencies in the 14 countries such as the Ministry of Health, the Bureau of Statistics, non-government organisations like IPPF, etc. or through regional/intergovernmental institutions and international organisations, such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Fiji School of Medicine, the University of the South Pacific and the International Labour Organisation.

During the last cycle, through an innovative reciprocal arrangement, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP opened UN Joint Presence offices in eight countries to maximise physical presence and to facilitate stronger communication and liaison functions between the UN and governments. UNFPA partnered with UNICEF and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community on the Adolescent Health and Development Programme, and also with UNDP on parliamentary advocacy. The UNFPA SPC partnership included support to the 2010 round of censuses, the first round of demographic and health surveys and national statistical development. UNFPA strengthened its existing collaboration with the academic institutes of University of the South Pacific and Fiji School of Medicine.

Young men escort the Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin during his visit to Fiji in April, 2013.

For this new cycle, UNFPA Pacific SRO will continue to maintain close linkages with UNDP, UNICEF, and other United Nations agencies such as ILO, UNESCO, UNIFEM, UNOHCHR, UNESCAP and WHO. Where possible, UNFPA will participate in country-led United Nations and regional organizational reviews and consultations.

In addition, the multi-country programme will benefit from resources over and above the Executive Board approved programme, (e.g. funds for commodities received from the Commodity Management Branch as part of the Global Programme). Hence, and while these funds are not "approved" as part of the Executive Board programme for the Pacific, they represent substantial contribution and have therefore been included in the estimated amounts provided to the sub-region as a whole.

UNFPA also actively engages the participation of the non-government sector for many of its activities. Specifically, partnerships are developed with NGOs working with most at-risk populations (MARPs) in order to extend the reach of health promoting and disease preventing services to MARPs. Many at-risk groups are stigmatized and hard to reach except via trusted organizations, often in the non-government sector who have built up relationships over time with the groups involved. A participatory process is encouraged whereby complimentary roles for both government and non-government agencies are identified and active dialogue and partnerships promoted between these sectors.

Key development partners and donors in the region include AusAID and NZ AID Programme. Funding will also be provided for HIV either through the Global Fund or other partners such as the ADB and the European Union.



Cook Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Solomon Islands
Papua New Guinea (Technical Assistance)

Development Agencies and Civil Society