UNICEF Pacific

The United Nations Children's Fund ,
UNICEF is the largest development
agency dedicated to working
exclusively for children in the fields of
health, education, protection and
UNICEF works with other UN
agencies , governments and non-
government organisations and with
the private sector to provide
community based services in primary
health care , nutrition , basic
education and safe water and
sanitation in over 140 countries.

Primary areas of work:
UNICEF has assisted child focused
projects in the Pacific since the
1950s. UNICEF's commitment to the
Pacific countries comprises two
programmes - one based in Port
Moresby , for the children of Papua
New Guinea and a Multi Country
Programme for the rest of the Pacific
based in Fiji. the multi-country
UNICEF Pacific Programme includes
Programmes of Co-operation with
the Governments of the Cook Islands
, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji,
Kiribati, Niue, Paluau , Republic of
Marshall Islands Solomon Islands,
Tokelau, Tonga Tuvalu, Vanuatu and
Western Samoa

UNICEF Pacific Programme also has
four intercountry programmes
providing support to the thirteen
country programmes, these are
Health and Nutrition, Child and Youth
Advocacy, Education,and Planning
and Monitoring

The objectives of the UNICEF Pacific
Programme of Cooperation is to
facilitate national programmes for
children and their families and to
sustain national goal achievements
through the promotion of the CRC.

Pacific goals for children

To reduce infant mortality rates and
under five mortality rates by at least
30% in those countries with
moderate to high mortality rates and
by 20% in those countries with low
mortality rates

To reduce maternal mortality rates
by one half from 1990 levels

To reduce the level of moderate and
severe malnutrition in children under
5 years by 50% in Solomon Islands,
Vanuatu, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall
Islands , Federated States of
Micronesia, Western Samoa and Fiji

To significantly reduce the
prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency of
Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands
and the Federated States of

To eliminate Iodine Deficiency
Disorders in Fiji

To continue to ensure completion of
primary school education by at least
90% of Pacific children with an
additional focus on quality of
education (including life skills and
access to Early Childhood Care and
Education programmes) greater
community participation and
enhanced parental support

To improve the protection of children
and youth and their families affected
by rapid social change

To assist communities and
governments in understanding the
need for, and the nature of ,
monitoring the situation of children
to ensure all articles of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child
are achieved.

Key information

Operation level:
Works with age groups:
Organisation type:
United Nations agency


Organisation mandate

, Children 0 - 18

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