UNFPA’s Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (APRO) was established in July 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand, and became fully staffed and operational in early 2009 to provide a key link between UNFPA’s organization-wide vision, strategies, policies and analyses, on one hand, and the needs of the region and programme countries therein, on the other.
APRO provides leadership in positioning the agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) at the forefront of poverty reduction and development strategies, policies, and debates throughout the region.
It coordinates, oversees, supports and monitors the work of UNFPA’s 23 country offices in Asia and the Pacific, as well as Sub-Regional Offices in Suva and Kathmandu, aiming to strengthen the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) according to national priorities.
The Regional Office also facilitates advocacy and policy dialogue to generate the political will and financial resources needed to achieve the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action, which emphasizes the integral links between population and development, focusing on meeting the needs of individual women, men and young people. The ICPD agenda underpins UNFPA’s work globally, and APRO is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and regional networks to ensure broad ownership of the agenda in the region. This includes facilitating the exchange of knowledge and working to improve the quality of result-based management.
Efforts to improve aid effectiveness and coherence within the UN system are essential to realizing the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action. In its role as regional head office, APRO is actively engaged in supporting these reforms.
APRO is comprised of teams of technical, programme, communications, security and operations staff rendering country offfices with integrated support, and ultimately aiming to strengthen national and regional capacities.