UNICEF’s Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific – also known as UNICEF EAPRO – is one of seven UNICEF Regional Offices working to advance children’s rights in more than 150 countries around the globe.
The East Asia and Pacific region encompasses one-third of the world’s population – or around 2 billion people. It also contains over one-quarter of the world’s children – around 580 million children in total. The region stretches from Mongolia in the north to Tonga in the south, and from Western China to the Cook Islands. The smallest country in East Asia and the Pacific, Niue, has 1,700 people while the largest, China, has 1.3 billion people. There are around 30 million children born in the region every year.
The region has significant diversity – in peoples, cultures, environments, economies, political systems and potential. It includes some of the fastest-growing economies in the world as well as ten of the least-developed countries – six in the Pacific and four in East Asia. The Pacific is a distinct sub-region within the wider region, with its unique characteristics, dynamics and challenges.
This website provides information on what UNICEF does to advance the rights and well-being of children across East Asia and the Pacific. It also captures some of the highlights of the work being carried out by UNICEF’s 14 Country Offices in the region.
What is the role of the Regional Office?
The Regional Office is a hub for information, technical expertise and coordination for UNICEF Country Offices in East Asia and the Pacific. Specialist advisers based in Bangkok help develop programmes in health and nutrition, child protection, HIV and AIDS, education, water and sanitation, early childhood development, social policy and emergency preparedness.
Staff also provide technical oversight and support for financial management, communications, planning and programme monitoring and evaluation.
The Regional Office advocates for national investment in children and child-centred social policies. It liaises with major intergovernmental bodies, such as other United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, bilateral and multilateral institutions, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and donors.
Internationally, UNICEF is the leading children’s organization, working with local communities, organizations and governments to make a lasting difference in children’s lives. The organization’s global reach allows it to share knowledge across borders while its local presence – over 85 per cent of UNICEF staff work in developing countries – means it delivers assistance where it is needed most. With its worldwide presence, UNICEF responds rapidly wherever disaster strikes, delivering life-saving help for children.