Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)


The dynamic and populous Asia-Pacific region is home to 4.5 billion people and represents 61 percent of the world’s population. Comprising 58 countries that stretch from Iran in the West to the Pacific Islands in the East, the region is perhaps also the most diverse in terms of economy, society, culture, environment, and human settlements.

The UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) was established in Fukuoka, Japan in August 1997, based on Resolution 16/25 (7 May 1997) of the then Commission on Human Settlements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fukuoka Partners and UN-Habitat. The contractual relationship between the Fukuoka Partners (including the Fukuoka Prefecture, the Fukuoka City, the Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation, and the Cooperating Committee of the UN-Habitat Fukuoka Office) is defined in an MOU, which is reviewed and renewed every five years. The fourth MOU was signed on 12 May 2012 and is valid until mid-2017.

Since its establishment, the UN-Habitat ROAP has played an important role in bringing technical expertise and financial assistance to developing countries to cope with enormous and complex challenges posed by rapid urbanization, disasters, and conflict.

Role and main tasks of the office

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