In its resolution 72/279 of 31 May 2018, the United Nations General Assembly created a dedicated, impartial empowered and sustainable development-focused coordination function for the United Nations Development System, drawing on the expertise and assets of all United Nations development entities, including specialized resident and non-resident agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations.

Starting from 1 January 2019, Ms. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki became the new and empowered UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus. The Resident Coordinator is the highest-ranking representative of the United Nations development system at the country level, with the responsibility to lead United Nations Country Team.  The Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of – and reports to – the Secretary-General. The Resident Coordinator also reports to the host Government on the system-wide contribution to the achievement of sustainable development outcomes and implementation of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in line with the National Strategy for Sustainable Development.

The UN development actors and the Resident Coordinator are focused on support to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting principles of inclusion, participation and “leaving no one behind”. In performing their functions, the Resident Coordinator is guided by the respective UNDAF and international frameworks, norms and standards agreed amongst the Member States of the United Nations.

The UN Country Team is the main interagency mechanism in country for inter-agency coordination and decision-making. It is led by the Resident Coordinator and composed of representatives of resident and non-resident United Nations entities carrying out operational activities for development in Belarus. The expanded UNCT includes representatives of the wider UN system, namely the Bretton Woods institutions / IFIs.

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office consists of a small team of Belarussian and foreign experts providing support to the process of coordination, strategic planning, economic and social policy analysis, public advocacy and communications, results monitoring, evaluation, and development partnerships.  The UN RC Office in Belarus includes also the post of Senior Human Rights Adviser to support implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan and engagement with different UN human rights instruments.