OHCHR in Pacific Regional Office

Profile

The Regional Office for the Pacific (ROP) covers 16 countries of the Pacific region: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs): Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Most of the population of PICs is indigenous and traditional structures and religious beliefs influence the daily way of life.


Type of engagement
Regional Office
Year established
2005
Field offices
Suva
Number of staff
10
Annual budget needs
US$ 4,771,000

Achievements

  • The Regional Office for the Pacific provides advice and support to Government's effort leading to ratification of core human rights treaties, particularly CAT, CCPR, ESCR and CMW. Since 2015, there have been 18 ratifications, and increased engagement of States with Special Procedures.
  • In 2018, Tonga and Tuvalu completed the 3rd UPR Cycle with the OHCHR Regional Office leading and contributing to the preparation of the UNCT submissions for each country reviewed. Since 2015, OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific has successully advocated and provided support for eight country visists by the Special Procedures which contributed to enhanced understanding and dilogue on specific thematic areas of human rights in the Pacific and the region.
  • The Office, together with the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) of National Human Rights Institutions, and the Pacific Community-Rights and Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC/RRRT), continues supporting the establishment of new NHRIs and strengthening existing ones, including through thematic training targeting NHRIs functions.
  • OHCHR ROP conducted assessment visits to communities affected by climate change and developed the first issue paper of a thematic series on climate change and human rights in the Pacific.
  • OHCHR ROP promotes and advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Pacific Islanders. OHCHR has strengthened alliance with LGBTI support groups and LGBTI rights defenders in the region and expanded opportunities for collaboration and mutual learning on programmes and activities. Some Pacific countries recently decriminalised same-sex relations and law enforcement agencies and correctional services are aligning training, policies and procedures to 'do no harm' principles and non-discriminatory practices.
  • OHCHR ROP assists and provides advise to the Pacific UN Resident Coordinators, UN Country Team and UN Joint Presences. The Office provides guidance on the Human Rights Based Approach and on international human rights mechanisms.

Partners and Donors

Partners: UN partners, civil society organisations, National Human Rights Institutions, Secretariat of the Pacific Community/Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Asia Pacific Forum (APF) of National Human Rights Institutions, and the University of South Pacific (USP, NGO umbrella PIANGO, Diplomacy Training Programme and other CSAs and academia.

Donors: Australia, Sweden, New Zealand.

UN Human Rights Focus Areas


Thematic pillars
  • Mechanisms: Increasing implementation of the international human rights mechanisms outcomes
  • Development: Integrating human rights in sustainable development
  • Accountability: Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations
  • Non discrimination: Enhancing equality and countering discrimination
  • Participation: Enhancing & protecting civic space and people's participation
  • Peace and Security: Early warning, prevention & protection of human rights in situations of conflict & insecurity
Shifts
  • Climate change
  • People on the move
  • Civic space
  • Inequalities
  • Digital space & emerging technologies
Spotlight populations
  • Young people
  • Persons with disabilities

Last reviewed: July 2020






Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact in Geneva, Switzerland.

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650



Regional Offices/Centres

Pacific
Officer in charge
Tel: 679 3310 46565
Fax: 679 3310 485
Address: Level 5, Kadavu House, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji
Email: pacific@ohchr.org

South-East Asia
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Regional Office for South-East Asia
6th Floor, United Nations Building, Rachadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200,
Thailand
Tel. +66 2 288 1235,
Fax: +66 2 288 1039
Email: ohchr.bangkok@un.org

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