The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The Resident Coordinator system (RCS) ensures the coordination of all organizations of the United Nations dealing with operational activities for development at the country level. The RCS is focused on the advancement of sustainable development, leaving no one behind, and the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions as an overarching objective, consistent with the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It encompasses the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN Country Team and Resident Coordinator’s Office. The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator, who is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General and highest ranking representative of the UN Development System in country. The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator assists the RC in the fulfillment of core coordination functions and strategically position the UN family at the centre of development and international cooperation. In performing the functions, the RC is guided by the Philippines-United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development (PFSD) and international frameworks, norms and standards agreed amongst the Member States of the United Nations. The PFSD is the first Philippines-United Nations country plan that redefines the nature of UN System engagement in the Philippines from one that provides “development assistance” to a collaboration in a strategic partnership.
The UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines
Mr. Gustavo González has been working for more than 25 years in development cooperation in transitional countries, performing for several UN entities across 3 continents (Central America, Africa and Middle-East). Recently, he was Director of UNFAO Business Development and Resource Mobilization in Rome-Headquarters. Before joining UNFAO, Mr. González was the UNDP Regional Development Coordinator for the Syria-related Crisis (2013-2017) covering operations in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.
As such, he was the co-chair of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for the Syria-Crisis (3RP), one of the largest UN multi-partner crisis response platforms. Prior to this position, he was the UNDP Senior Country Director in Yemen (2011-2013) during the Arab Spring transition process. Before Yemen, Mr. González was the UNDP Country Director in Burundi (2007-2011). Prior to Burundi, Mr. González established and led the UNDP Post-Conflict Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2003-07). Before joining UNDP, Mr. González led several post-crisis reconstruction programmes in Guinea Bissau (2000-2002); in Central African Republic (1998-2000); in Angola, Liberia and Mozambique (1994-1997), and in Nicaragua (1990-94).
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master Diploma from the University of Oxford-Said Business School (UK), a post-graduate degree in University Administration from the Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and a Master in Philosophy from the Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). He is married and the father of five daughters.