United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
The secretariat, through the Subregional Office for the Pacific, is committed to strengthening subregional cooperation and integration in line with its programme of work and its support for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway in member States. Of particular importance is ensuring meaningful implementation of the global, regional and subregional development frameworks to support a transformative advancement of sustainable development in the Pacific.
There are clear synergies with the work ESCAP have undertaken under the EU-funded project, Pacific Climate Change Migration Project http://www.unescap.org/subregional-office/pacific/pacific-climate-change-and-migration-project and the planned work with IOM/ILO/OHCHR/Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and PDD for the project, Enhancing protection and empowerment of migrants and communities affected by climate change and disasters in the Pacific region that will be funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security. The Subregion Office for the Pacific is focusing on developing strategic partnerships in this increasingly high-profile area of work in the Pacific and elsewhere.
The Government of Fiji have requested a secondment from PDD to provide assistance in this area. Given ESCAP’s role in this area of work and clear common interest, an MOU has been signed between ESCAP and the Norwegian Refugee Council (who manage PDD secondments) to host the seconded person in ESCAP’s Subregional Office for the Pacific.