The ESCAP Subregional Office for the Pacific - formerly known as ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre (EPOC) - was established in 1984 in Port Vila by combining the Pacific Liaison Office's operations based in Nauru and the United Nations Development Advisory Team based in Fiji. The office was relocated to Suva in 2005 to enable more effective collaboration with regional partners.
The office's guiding mission is to focus on supporting Pacific island developing countries in their efforts to attain their Millennium Development Goals through sustainable development as called for in the internationally agreed Mauritius Strategy for the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States.
The ESCAP Subregional Office for the Pacific 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 as associate members.
Priority concerns of Pacific countries are brought to the Commission's attention 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.
It focuses on the following priority areas, as mandated by the ESCAP Commission:
- The Sustainable Development Agenda
- Green Economy
- National Sustainable Development Strategies
- Social Inclusion
- Climate Change and Migration