Secretary-General Appoints Roberto Valent of Italy as UN Resident Coordinator in Argentina

July 29, 2019

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Roberto Valent of Italy as the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Argentina, with the host government’s approval. Mr. Valent brings 24 years of service to the United Nations, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the Africa, Central America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. For the past four years he has served as Special Representative of the UNDP Administrator for the Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He has also served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2010–2015), holding leadership positions with UNDP in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2007) and in Sudan (2002-2005). Mr. Valent also held UNDP positions in Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Kosovo and Macedonia. Born in 1965, he holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Bologna University, Italy, and another master´s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex.

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Secretary-General Appoints Tapan Mishra of India as UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia

July 29, 2019

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Tapan Mishra of India as the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, with the host government’s approval. Mr Mishra has served as UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since June 2015. With over 16 years of professional experience, he has held several positions in the UN headquarters, including Chief of the Learning Resources Centre, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, Senior Advisor at Country Offices and with the Human Development Report Office. Before joining the UN he had nearly a decade of experience in the public and private sector. Born in 1960, Mr. Mishra is a Management Postgraduate from India’s XLRI Jamshedpur Business School. He has been teaching HR Management in India and in the United States, including Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

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Secretary-General Appoints Igor Garafulic of Chile as UN Resident Coordinator in Peru

July 29, 2019

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Igor Garafulic of Chile as the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Peru, with the host government’s approval. Mr. Garafulic brings 28 years of professional experience and has recently served as UN Resident Coordinator in Honduras. He held various senior positions with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as Country Director for Guatemala (2014-2017), and Senior Advisor for the UNDP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in New York (2010-2013). Mr. Garafulic has served as an economist holding various public positions in Chile since 1991. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Chile and holds a master’s degree from Oxford University. He speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese and Swedish.

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Secretary-General Appoints Mario Samaja of Italy as UN Resident Coordinator in Paraguay

July 29, 2019

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Mario Samaja of Italy as the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Paraguay, with the host government’s approval. Mr. Samaja has worked with the UN for over 15 years at the country and regional levels. He recently led the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Southern Africa Regional Resilience team, also serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Mauritania (2015-2018). He has also held several leadership positions with FAO in Africa, Asia and Central Asia, including for emergency response. Born in 1961, Mr. Samaja has a Master in Geological Sciences from the University of Milan, and a Post-graduate course on “Rural development in emerging countries” from the University of Padova in Italy. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

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UN development system better positioned for the 2030 Agenda with “visible change”

May 28, 2019

21 May 2019 - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Member States that the UN development system was becoming more cohesive, accountable, and transparent, with a new generation of UN country teams supporting countries to scale up efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Secretary-General made his remarks while presenting a key progress report to Member States that highlights the measures that have been put into place to reposition the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda — a commitment made by 193 countries to boost gains in the economic, social and environmental dimensions, ensuring that no one is left behind, by 2030. “On 1 January, we pivoted to a new era for the UN development system – and as my report observes, we are well advanced on this transformative journey,” said Secretary-General Guterres, delivering his report during the Operational Activities Segment hosted by the Economic and Social Council on 21-23 May. 2019 marked the launch of a reinvigorated, independent and empowered Resident Coordinator System, including the Development Coordination Office (DCO), a new UN Secretariat entity coordinating the work of 129 UN resident coordinators. With full gender parity, they are the designated representatives of the SG for development matters in countries, leading UN teams to more effectively support governments for the 2030 Agenda.  “We are moving ahead in establishing a new generation of UN Country Teams - more integrated, responsive and accountable as they respond to country priorities and needs with updated guidance, instruments and tools,” the Secretary-General said. He added, however, that “the world is not moving fast enough to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to leave no one behind--and we are also losing the race against climate change.” The Deputy Secretary-General continued the open and frank discussions with Member States on 22 May, including on her report on the newly established DCO, which is the Secretariat for the UN Sustainable Development Group, with 40 agencies, funds and programmes working on development at the global regional and country levels.   Tangible benefits Resident coordinators said that “changes are visible” and reforms are leading to a more cohesive UN system, during an interactive session led by the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations. Deirdre Boyd, Resident Coordinator in Thailand, said she sees a more cohesive relationship within the UN country team. “Resident coordinator office staffing is now more structured and UN country team members know what to expect from the resident coordinator office with a clear increase in our trust level,” she said, stressing that more can be done on financial transparency and data for development. Philippe Lazzarini, Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Lebanon, said reform requires a shift in the way the UN does business, including how it engages with partners. “We need to have a more strategic engagement with our partners through the resident coordinator office,” he said, adding that his office is currently looking into setting up a group of partners to work with his UN country team. The Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Sezin Sinanoglu, shared many immediate benefits from the reform, including 20 percent savings by gathering several UN agencies, funds and programmes to work the same house, where they also pool cars and information and technology support. She also highlighted the important role of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which previously ran the RC System and, in spite of losing the bulk of its key leadership on the ground, fully supported a smooth transition to the UN Secretariat. To download the full set of documents click here

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