UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Profile 2023-2027

UNICEF's programme work in the pacific 2023-2027

Children play with one another on Abaokoro Island in North Tarawa, Kiribati.


The UNICEF Pacific Multi Country Office covers 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) spread across a vast 30 million square kilometre area of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 14 per cent of the estimated 2.57 million population are aged between 0-5 years, and 40 per cent are aged under 18. Due to the uniquely challenging context with small, culturally diverse populations living across remote islands, most PICTs struggle to provide equitable, quality social services, especially to vulnerable and remote communities. The PICTs are repeatedly affected by natural and climate-related disasters, which complicate the structural challenges they face. Such vulnerabilities have an impact on their Gross Domestic Product, infrastructure and provisions for safe water and sanitation, agriculture, food security, tourism income, educational outcomes and often exacerbate the spread of disease. 

While individual countries have made good progress in meeting targets, the region is not on track to achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This situation has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the devastating toll that has come with it. Progress is needed in eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth, reducing inequality, addressing structural gender inequities, social inclusion, sustainability and climate action. 

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