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Pacific Office in Fiji


A partner of choice

Partnership is at the heart of UNDP's work offering a nearly universal presence. UNDP's substantial expertise, both intellectual acumen and practical experience, cuts across diverse development issues and settings. These valuable assets combined with our long legacy of trust have made us a global partner of choice.

In the Pacific, UNDP partners with national governments, development partners, private sector, financial institutions and civil society organisations to help communities solve their developmental challenges in innovative ways and improve their quality of life.


UNDP works closely with national governments in the Pacific in fast-tracking the effort to planning, budgeting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, through innovative projects. UNDP serves as a development advisor, and Government contributes to the joint development efforts with its resources, both human and financially.

International Financial Institutions

International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are an important source of development funding. They account for a large portion of the non-core (earmarked, project-specific) funding of UNDP. UNDP has formal agreements with some IFIs (the World BankAsian Development BankIslamic Development Bank), and is working on additional agreements.

In the Asia-Pacific region, UNDP works closely with ADB, World Bank and KfW to advance regional action to end poverty and inequality, support better environmental stewardship, and promote shared prosperity and well-being for all. With a global reach of expertise, UNDP partners with the governments in the region to address the bottlenecks in implementing the programmes financed by the IFIs.

Private Sector

The private sector has been an important partner in development by fostering innovation, providing funding and promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries. In many of our programme countries the preconditions for private sector development and the emergence of inclusive markets (i.e. markets that extend choice and opportunity to the poor as producers, consumers and wage earners) are not yet in place. UNDP facilitates inclusive market development, focuses on connecting and integrating local producers with domestic and global markets. 

UNDP works with key private businesses in the region to drive economies and make growth inclusive through investments and business creation, innovation and knowledge transfer, thus providing people with livelihoods and furnishing the means to lift them out of poverty. UNDP leverages private sector investments by de-risking and strengthening the links between resources and communities.

Civil Society Organisations

For UNDP, civil society constitutes the full range of formal and informal organizations that are outside the state and market. This includes social movements, volunteer organizations, indigenous peoples' organisations, mass-based membership organisations, non-governmental organisations, and community-based organisations, as well as communities and citizens acting individually and collectively.

UNDP partners with civil society organisations in programme implementation and policy advocacy. At the country level, this often means working with them to provide basic services in the areas of health, education, water delivery, agricultural extension and micro-credit provision.

United Nations System

The UNDP Administrator is the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG), which unites the 40 UN entities that contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the country level and collectively constitute the UN Development System (UNDS). The UNSDG provides strategic direction and oversight to ensure UNDS entities deliver coherent, effective and efficient support to countries seeking to achieve sustainable development. As UNSDG Vice-Chair, the Administrator convenes the UNSDG Core Group comprised of the Executive Heads of DESA, FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, WFP, WHO and the rotating chairs of the Regional Economic Commissions. UNDP’s integrator mandate serves both as a foundation for a strong UN development system, and as a key provider of integrated services and platforms in support of a coherent UN system approach to the achievement of the SDGs.

In the Pacific, UNDP joins UNICEF, UNFPA, and UN Women to form the Joint Presence initiative, working together on programmes in selected countries - Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Through the Joint Presence, UNDP takes the lead in Palau, Tonga and Tuvalu. UNICEF leads in Kiribati and Vanuatu, UNFPA is the lead agency in the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia, and UN Women in Nauru.

UN agencies in Fiji

The UN Offices works together with UN Country Teams (UNCTs) to coordinate the work of UN funds, agencies and organizations in support of the achievement of national development goals and to assist governments to respond to emergencies and national security issues. UNDP is one of the many UN agencies, programmes and funds based in Fiji. They include: