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

Tuomo Poutiainen is the UN Resident Coordinator a.i in Bangladesh. 

Mr. Poutiainen has worked with ILO for 20 years in the Philippines, Switzerland, Cambodia, Thailand and Bangladesh. During his time with ILO, he has been involved in community-based development, child labour, indigenous people’s issues, livelihoods promotion, and peace and development initiatives. In recent years, Mr. Poutiainen has specialized in developing and running efforts aimed at addressing working conditions, labour rights and managing industry improvement processes in global supply chains. Mr Poutiainen is a Finnish national and has a Master’s Degree from France, Aix-Marseille University, and a Lic.Phil Degree from Finland in General History and Social Policy (Advanced Masters).

The UN Resident Coordinator Office

Portrait of the ILO Representative in Bangladesh

Tuomo Poutiainen

UN Resident Coordinator a.i. & Country Director