The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system brings together all UN entities dealing with operational activities for sustainable development in Bangladesh.  Its aim is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness and support coordination and coherence of the UN system.  The RC focuses on leveraging leadership, policy, programmatic and diverse practical expertise across UN development entities working together towards the common goal of improving the relevance and impact of the UN’s contribution to a country’s development results.

The UN in Bangladesh delivers collectively through the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2017-2020.  UNDAF outcomes are aligned with the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, the priorities set in the Government of Bangladesh’s 7th Five-Year Plan and Vision 2021, and Bangladesh’s obligations under international human rights standards.  The UNDAF is a concise, public framework that provides strategic vision to the UN system, contributes to all-of society engagement and an enabling environment for sustainable development, and frames the contribution and role of the UN system within Bangladesh’s overall sustainable development.

Key functions of the Resident Coordinator’s Office:

  • Strategic analysis, policy and programming planning;
  • Oversight of the implementation of the UNDAF;
  • Support to national and UN coordination and aid effectiveness;
  • External communication and advocacy on system-wide issues such as human rights and gender equality;
  • Representation of the UN development system and support to UN agencies;
  • Development and facilitation of shared operational support services; and
  • Joint resource mobilization and fund management.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh

Mia Seppo joined the United Nations Country Team in Bangladesh as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in October 2017. With broad expertise and experience including in post-conflict and peace keeping contexts, with managing support for complex elections and in humanitarian crises and responses, Mia has served the majority of her career in senior managerial roles within the UN - working in Tajikistan, Sierra Leone and Malawi as well as in UN HQ in New York with the UNDP Regional Bureaus for Africa and for Europe & CIS. Mia launched her UN career in 1996 with a focus on governance and human rights issues. Prior to joining the UN, Mia worked for civil society and think tanks, including the Finnish Committee for European Security. Mia is a Finnish national and holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki, Finland.