The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The United Nations Country Team is the main interagency mechanism in Belarus for UN inter-agency coordination and decision-making. It is led by the Resident Coordinator and composed of representatives of resident and non-resident UN entities carrying out operational activities for development in Belarus.

The UN development actors and the Resident Coordinator focus on supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting principles of inclusion, participation and “leaving no one behind”. In performing these functions, the Resident Coordinator is guided by the UNDAF (the UN Development Assistance Framework, which the UN and the Government of Belarus are party to), and other international frameworks, norms and standards agreed upon by the Member States of the United Nations.

The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office consists of a small team of Belarussian and foreign experts providing support in the areas of coordination, strategic planning, economic and social policy analysis, public advocacy and communications, results monitoring, evaluation, and development partnerships. The UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Belarus includes the following staff members: 

  • Development Coordination and Strategic Planning Officer
  • Development Coordination Officer /Economist
  • Partnerships and Development Finance Associate
  • Data Management, Results Monitoring and Reporting Officer
  • Communications and Advocacy Officer

The UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Belarus

Mr. Erol Arduç assumed his duties as the UN Resident Coordinator a.i in Belarus on 1 June 2023.

Since February 2023, Mr. Erol Arduç has been the UNHCR Representative in Belarus, leading the international protection of persons UNHCR cares for.

Mr. Arduç is an advocate in asylum and human rights law, who has been serving in UNHCR since 2002 and contributed to UNHCR’s operations in countries across the globe, most recently as the Chief of UNHCR Mission in Kosovo, as well as in various capacities in Zambia, Hungary, Greece, Ukraine, Switzerland, Kenya, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Sudan, and the Republic of Türkiye.

He commenced his career as a lawyer practicing in Germany and Türkiye. Mr Arduç holds degrees in Public International and European Union Law as well as academic certificates in Political Science and Philosophy from the University Bonn, Germany. He is married and speaks Turkish, German, English, French (intermediate).