The Resident Coordinator's Office
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Nations is represented by 20 resident and non-resident entities that carry out their respective activities. The UN Country Team (UNCT) is made up of representatives of the agencies, funds and specialized programmes. As the head of the country team (UNCT), the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) guides and supports the work of the UNCT, ensuring effective coordination and cooperation within the mandates of each UN entity.
The UN Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO) is the main support structure for the activities of the RC and the UNCT, to help strengthen the joint activities of the United Nations system in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Its mission is to maximize, in a coordinated manner, the work of the United Nations to ensure that the system provides a collective, coherent and integrated assistance to national priorities and needs, within the framework of the Global Goals and other international commitments.
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The UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Iran
Ivo Freijsen has 26 years of experience in the humanitarian field, having held senior management and leadership roles in a variety of countries including Jordan, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, Eritrea and Switzerland, working with UN-OCHA and NGOs such as MSF-Holland, Care USA and the European Commission (ECHO). In November 2018, he joined UNHCR as Representative in Tehran, Iran. He holds an MA in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern studies from Leiden University and also studied at the Clingendael Institute and Cairo University.