Asia and the Pacific

Farming for Development-Rice Cultivation in Nepal

UN Photo by John Isaac

The UNDG Asia-Pacific works closely to address development and humanitarian issues in striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond in the region. The work of the UNDG A-P is guided by the 2012 quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of the General Assembly of UN operational activities for development, the Global Regional Directors meetings, the Management and Accountability paper (please refer to the Resident Coordinator System), and the global UNDG Strategic Priorities for 2013-2016.

The UNDG A-P’s Terms of Reference focuses on providing UN country teams (UNCTs) with strategic guidance and policy advice, coherent and coordinated timely technical support, and support towards overall country program coherence and effective RC/UNCT coordination practice through its oversight function of the RC/UNCT Performance Appraisal system.

The UNDG A-P is one of the most inclusive Regional UNDGs with 23 members from 19 agencies, including the Chair : ESCAP, FAO, ILO, OCHA, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNIDO, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO ( Bangkok and Jakarta), UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF (ROSA and EAPRO), UN Women, UNODC, UNOPS, WFP, WHO (SEARO and WPRO). The UNDG A-P meets on a regular basis and its work is supported by the UNDG A-P Secretariat
The UNDG A-P supports and works with 36 countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, DPR Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

The UNDG A-P has been developing strategic regional position papers to address key challenges in the region with the current priorities being:

  • Social protection
  • UN positioning in Middle Income Countries (MICs)
  • Youth (UNDG –RCM Joint Working Group – ongoing work)
  • Urbanisation (ongoing work)
  • Effective mainstreaming of Climate Change into Country programming
  • Note on Staff security and programme criticality in the A-P region (restricted)
  • Extremism and its impact on the human rights of women and girls
  • Shrinking civil society space in the region and
  • Implementation of the 2030 Agenda/SDGs