About UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

A group of farmers carry their latest rice crop on bikes. Hue City, Viet Nam. Ho Ngoc Son/UNDP Picture This

Development challenges in Asia and the Pacific are as diverse and complex as the region itself. While the region has some of the world’s most dynamic economies, it is home to more than half of the world’s poor; it is the most disaster-prone region in the world; small island developing states in the Pacific are already bearing the brunt of ongoing climate change; concerns for environmental degradation is of paramount importance in some of the economic powerhouses in the region; and it is also home to some of the youngest democracies in the world.

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific works in this dynamic and complex environment with the aim to support countries in the region in achieving their own development goals. As prescribed in the UNDP Strategic Plan, we focus our work in the following areas:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery
  • Environment and Sustainable Development

In addition to these organizational focus areas, reflecting the regional developmental priorities, UNDP in Asia and the Pacific places significant emphasis on gender, climate change, and social protection and inclusive growth, in all aspects of the work we do. Our work in these three areas is considered to reinforce and complement the four organizational focus areas.

UNDP in Asia and the Pacific consists of the Regional Bureau based in the UNDP Headquarters in New York, a Regional Centre based in Bangkok and Suva, and 24 Country Offices.

Our results for 2013-14

UNDP has delivered US$2 billion in programmes in Asia and the Pacific during 2013-2014 to achieve the mutual aspirations of partner governments and donors in UNDP’s three main areas of development: inclusive development pathways, inclusive and effective governance and resilience. Promoting gender equality is a cross-cutting theme of our work.


About UNDP Country Offices in Asia-Pacific

The primary mandate of our countries offices is to work with the government and other development partners to achieve human development goals in the country. In consultation with them, UNDP identifies needs or constraints in achieving human development goals and subsequently develops an overarching country programme which defines the areas of work for a specific period of time. Our developmental interventions are mainly in the four focus areas which are critical elements for human development. Projects are then developed around these four pillars addressing specific needs of the government or development partners.

What we achieved during 2008-2012

  • We strengthened or generated 2.6 million jobs in Asia and the Pacific, of which 2.1 million were through interventions for achievement of the MDG.
  • We helped provide social protection to 405,947 people in the region through small-scale pilots and other initiatives.

  • We assisted 1.18 million people in the region to improve their food security in 2012.

  • 32,000 hectares of land were recovered for food production in 2012.

  • 3,500 institutions related to jobs and livelihoods were strengthened through our work.

  • We provided electoral assistance to 13 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

  • We helped strengthen 3,965 electoral support institutions in 2012, ranging from national electoral bodies to local NGOs promoting women’s participation.

  • 11.9 million additional people were able to vote as a result of our work in the region in 2012.

  • We supported assessment of punitive and discriminatory laws in 18 countries in Asia and the Pacific between 2008 and 2012.  As a result, Fiji and India decriminalized same-sex sexual activity, and Pakistan recognized transgender citizenship rights.

  • We helped create 2 million work days in Pakistan, Myanmar and Nepal -- 23% of which were for women -- to support early recovery in the immediate aftermath of crises between 2008 and 2012.

  • $1 billion increase in government investment in Disaster Risk Reduction in seven disaster-prone countries where UNDP has provided institutional and policy support.

  • Seven most disaster-prone countries of the region where deaths from natural disasters fell between 2008 and 2012, following UNDP’s strengthening of preparedness, response and recovery as well as its support to the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • 97 million hectares of marine and land protected areas in the region – an area the size of Pakistan – were strengthened or newly created in 2011-2012 through UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects.

  • 190,657 people were trained in chemicals management in 2012 through UNDP-supported GEF-financed Projects.

  • 56 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions reduced through UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects, equivalent to GHG emissions produced by Bangladesh in 2009.

  • 3,375 metric tons of Persistent Organic Pollutants – 3.5 times the annual emissions of Great Britain – were disposed of or safeguarded in 2012 through GEF-financed projects.

  • 261,084 terajoules of energy  saved directly or indirectly by the end of  2012, through 29 UNDP-supported GEF-financed projects. This is equivalent to the power consumption of  Pakistan in 2010.

How many are we?


UNDP Staff  UN Volunteer
Afghanistan 213 - 213
Bangladesh 94 - 94
Bhutan 36 - 36
Cambodia 67 - 67
China 50 - 50
DPR Korea 15 - 15
Fiji 65 - 65
Indonesia 69 - 69
India 89 - 89
Iran 45 - 45
Kiribati 1 - 1
Lao PDR 62 - 62
Malaysia 22 - 22
Maldives 23 - 23
Mongolia 31 - 31
Myanmar 72 - 72
Nepal 133 - 133
Pakistan 72 - 72
Papua New Guinea 24 - 24
Philippines 38 - 38
Samoa 16 - 16
Solomon Islands 19 - 19
Sri Lanka 45 - 45
Thailand 88 - 88
Timor-Leste 58 - 58
Tonga 1 - 1
Vanuatu 2 - 2
Viet Nam 82 - 82
Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific 37 - 37
Asia-Pacific Regional Centre 74 - 74
Pacific Centre 26 1 27
Grand Total 1,670


Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Director's Corner
Contact UNDP in Asia and the Pacific
General Inquiries

Bangkok Regional Hub
Phone: +66 2 304 9100
Fax: +66 2 280 2700
Email: registry.th@undp.org

Pacific Centre
Phone: +679 330 0399
Fax: +679 330 1976
Email: registry.pacificcentre@undp.org

Media Inquiries

Cedric Monteiro
Regional Communications Adviser
Phone: +66 2 304 5246
Fax: +66 2 280 2700
Email: cedric.monteiro@undp.org