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
- Senior Human Rights Adviser
The UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus
Ms. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki assumed the post of the UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus on 15 May 2018.
Working in UNDP Headquarters since 2010, first as Division Chief for Western CIS and the Caucasus and later as Head of Country Office, Liaison and Oversight unit, of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC) in New York, Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki was responsible for cooperation with UN Member States through their Permanent Missions to the UN and supporting management and oversight of 18 UNDP Country Offices across Europe and the CIS region.
Previously, Ms. Kazana-Wisniowiecki served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Ukraine, where she led the establishment of a large-scale local development progamme. In 2001-2002 she was Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP in Lithuania. She began her career with the UN in the UNDP Country Office in Warsaw, Poland.