About the Pacific Operations Centre
| Established in 1984, the ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre (EPOC) in Suva, Fiji, is ESCAP’s representative office in the Pacific. The Centre covers Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, as well as American Samoa, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Niue and the Northern Mariana Islands.
|Vision The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific makes a major contribution to the capacity of Pacific Countries and territories to develop and implement policies to improve people’s lives.
Mission To provide strong support to Pacific island countries and territories in their efforts to attain economic and social development goals.
Values Partnership, national ownership, accountability, good governance and respect for human rights including gender equality.
ESCAP is the regional arm of the United Nations
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional arm of the United Nations.
Established in 1947, ESCAP is headquartered in Bangkok and has a membership of 62 Governments. As the largest United Nations body serving the Asian and Pacific region, ESCAP provides an intergovernmental forum to discuss regional issues ranging from statistics, gender and health to technology transfer, trade and transport, for its members. Ms Noeleen Heyzer is the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The Commission channels part of its assistance for the benefit of Pacific island countries through its Pacific Operations Centre, and supplements them with activities implemented by Bangkok-based divisions and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific in Tokyo. More
Priority concerns of Pacific countries are brought to the attention of the Commission through the Special Bodies on Pacific Island Developing Countries and Least Developed Countries. Issues considered at recent Special Body sessions include employment, sustainable development, urban management and tourism.
The ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre relocated to Suva in December 2005 and refocused its mission
The ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre(EPOC) was established in 1984 in Port Vila by combining the operations of the Pacific Liaison Office based in Nauru and the United Nations Development Advisory Team based in Fiji. EPOC was relocated to Suva in 2005 to enable more effective collaboration with regional partners. The Centre will strengthen its working relations with key development partners of Pacific island developing countries, including donor governments, subregional organizations and United Nations Specialized Agencies and Bodies in the Pacific. EPOC is contributing towards the overall United Nations Development Assistance Framework. The mission of the Centre was restated to focus on supporting Pacific island developing countries in their efforts to attain their Millennium Development Goals through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy.
The ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre assists Pacific island developing countries by:
- conducting research on economic and social issues relevant to policy makers;
- promoting regional cooperation and sharing knowledge and good practices;
- providing regional advisory services on economic and social policies;
- building institutional capacity through training workshops;
- assisting policy implementation through pilot projects.
Current areas of focus include:
Six international staff and four local staff comprise the Centre
As of November 2006, six international staff members--Head of the Office, two Regional Advisors, two Economic Affairs Officers and one Associate Programme Officer--and four local support staff comprise ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre. The areas of expertise of the advisers are development policy and social development and planning.
Regional Advisory Services
The two Regional Advisors located at the ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre provide services to Governments upon request, free of charge:
- Development Policy and Strategic Planning: Building national capacity for the formulation and analysis of development policies and plans, including macro-economic policies and public sector reform.
- Social Development and Planning: Building national capacity in formulating, implementing and evaluating social development policies and programmes in Pacific island developing countries.
Recent advisory services include: Fiji’s national strategic development plan; project planning manual for the Solomon Islands; national policy on disability for Papua New Guinea and Fiji. More
Regional Advisor on Social Development and Planning
at the Disability Policy Consultations in Fiji
Accessing Services of ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre
Countries wishing to request services of regional advisors, organizations of training workshops or involvement in technical co-operations activities should contact the Head, ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre at: