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Resident Coordinator System

The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.

Resident Coordinators, who are funded and managed by UNDP, lead UN country teams in more than 130 countries and are the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely with national governments, Resident Coordinators and country teams advocate the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.

Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs for governments. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments. Access a complete list of Resident Coordinators here.

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Statement of Helen Clark, UNDG Chair, 2009 Annual Cluster Meeting of Resident Coordinators from Asia and the Pacific
8 October 2009
Report of the Secretary-General on the functioning of the resident coordinator system, including costs and benefits 2008
13 May 2008
Challenges for the Resident Coordinator System Going Forward
by: Helen Clark
16 July 2009
Statement of Helen Clark, Chair of the United Nations Development Group, Dialogue session at the Operational Activities Segment, Economic and Social Council
Synthesis Report 2008 - Strengthening the UN resident coordinator system
Statement of Helen Clark, UNDG Chair, Meeting of UNDG Asia-Pacific Team and Resident Representatives/Resident Coordinators
7 October 2009
Helen Clark met with the UNDG Asia Pacific group and spoke about better coordination of the UN development system being pursued at all levels of the UNDG.
Remarks of Helen Clark, UNDG Chair, 12 Oct. 2009 UNDG Meeting
12 October 2009
Helen Clark spoke about decisions on the guidance note on mainstreaming environmental sustainability in country analyses and UNDAFs, and on common country procurement. The UNDG Chair also discussed UNDG’s role in meeting development challenges, specifically the Millennium Development Goals, exploring opportunities to strengthen UNDG coordination, further strengthening of the resident coordinator system and responding to the system-wide coherence solution.
Report of the Secretary-General on the functioning of the Resident Coordinator system, including costs and benefits 2009
15 May 2009