24 Aug 2006

The United Nations taking a more visible Pacific role

7:40 pm on 24 August 2006

The first of eight new United Nations offices in the Pacific is to open next year.

It follows a request from leaders in the north Pacific that the UN step up its presence there.

The UN has never had an office in the north Pacific.

UN agencies will shortly begin establishing offices in Majuro, Pohnpei and Koror, under the auspices of the United Nations Population Fund.

UNICEF is to take the lead to establish offices in Kiribati and Vanuatu, while the UNDP is to establish offices in Palau, Tuvalu and Nauru.

Each office will represent the three UN agencies.

A bigger office for the three agencies is also to be established in Solomon Islands.