UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office

Programme of Assistance 2013 - 2017

Date: 21/07/2013

The UNFPA programme covers 14 Pacific island countries and territories and is a component of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Pacific, 2013-2017.

The UNFPA programme is designed to support national and regional priorities as identified in regional and national development frameworks, the Pacific Plan and the Pacific Regional and National Millennium Development Goal Reports.

The goal of the programme is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health, promote reproductive rights, reduce maternal mortality and accelerate progress on the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Millennium Development Goals. The UNFPA will focus on four components: Reproductive Health; Population and Development; Youth and Gender. Collectively, the four components are linked to the UNDAF outcomes on basic services, inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, and governance and the Millennium Development Goals 1, 3, 4 5 and 6.

Mangrove seedlings in Kiribati

The output areas are:

  • OUTPUT 1: Family Planning - Working with governments and other stakeholders to: enhance the quality of sexual and reproductive health including family planning; strengthen obstetric care and emergency preparedness; support evidence-based updating of policies and strategies related to sexual and reproductive health; and enhance reproductive health commodity security.
  • OUTPUT 2: Gender equality and reproductive rights - Working with governments and other stakeholders to: ensure access and quality health services by: strengthen health systems; advocate with evidence from national prevalence surveys of violence against women for gender equality; support the prevention of gender-based violence and the accessibility of health services during humanitarian crisis; and contribute to inter-agency efforts for the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Security Council resolution on Women, Peace and Security.
  • OUTPUT 3: Young people's sexual and reproductive health and sexuality education - Working with governments and other stakeholders to strengthen: the provision of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education at all levels; the promotion of sexual and reproductive health among and through young people; youth-friendly services
  • OUTPUT 4: Data availability and analysis - Working with governments and other stakeholders for: the popularization of census and survey data to support information, education and communication (IEC) materials and efforts; regional and institution-based technical capacity-building data-related activities and national population policies processes; strengthening of vital registration and health information systems; and actual data analysis and dissemination.

A mother breastfeeds her son on the beach on Aur Atoll in the Marshall Islands.