Few regions in the world are as diverse as East Asia and the Pacific. 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.
This dynamic region also boasts 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 subregion within the wider region, with its unique characteristics, dynamics and challenges.
There are around 30 million children born in the region every year and UNICEF works in every corner to ensure every child can enjoy a happy, healthy life.
The Regional Office is a hub for information, technical expertise and coordination for UNICEF Country Offices
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.
Specialist 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. Part of our current mission is to build and strengthen regional partnerships for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the World Fit for Children goals and the realization of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.