About UNDP in Belize
UNDP is the United Nations (UN) global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources, to help people build a better life.
UNDP Belize is part of the UN System and is one of the four resident UN Agencies in Belize. UNDP Belize was established on 7 June 1982 with the signing of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement and opened office in Belize in the early 1990s; it is a sub-office of the UNDP El Salvador Country Office.
As established through the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA), 1982, between UNDP Belize and the Government of Belize, UNDP works closely with the Government of Belize, and the Government of Belize provides support to the UNDP country office, in a spirit of friendly cooperation.
The goal of the United Nations Development Programme is to help improve the lives of the poorest women and men, the marginalized and the disadvantaged. We work in the following areas: Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction and Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (including HIV and AIDS), Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and Environment and Sustainable Development.
UNDP Belize supports the government and communities to advance their own solutions to the challenges of development. An overarching aim of our work in Belize is supporting progress towards the Belize Millennium Development Goals. All the programmes of work are implemented in close collaboration with the Government, other UN agencies and development stakeholders. Download our 2012 FACT SHEET here.
2012 marked the 30th Anniversary of UNDP's support to Belize.
Some results of note in recent years, in support of the country's priorities and development include:
1. Hosting of the United Nations Coordination Office and collaboration in two UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) for Belize. Collaborative efforts has also been made towards integrating support from non-resident UN agencies and from other international organizations.
2. Provision of technical and other assistance for the planning and development of initiatives that contribute to achievement of the MDGs, including the MAF Acceleration Framework, MDG Needs Assessment and Costing Prognosis on MDG3 and MDG7 to date, development of MDG National Reports and implementation of various MDG impacting projects. The MDG page provides detailed information of the progress made.
3. Contributions via responses to critical and contemporary priority issues of the country and the region, through implementation of several projects with both macro and micro impacts. These priority areas include - HIV/AIDS, Climate Change and Gender Equality.
Photo: Helen Clark addresses Executive Board
The UNDP country office benefits from the support of UNDP Salvador, the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean based in Panama, and the oversight of the UNDP Executive Body in New York.
The Executive Board of UNDP and UNFPA, comprised of 36 members, was created by General Assembly resolution 48/162 of 20 December 1993. The Executive Board superseded the 48-member Governing Council on 1 January 1994. It is responsible for providing inter-governmental support to and supervision of the activities of UNDP and UNFPA in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, and the responsibilities set out in the United Nations Charter. It must also be responsive to the needs of programme countries. The Board is under the authority of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The Administrator of UNDP is appointed by the UN Secretary General and confirmed by the General Assembly for a period of four years. Helen Clark took office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on April 20, 2009 and is the first woman to head the organization and in 2013 was re-appointed for another four-year term. She is also President of the United Nations Development Group, which is a committee composed of the directors of all funds, programmes and departments of the UN working on issues related to development.
Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean - UNDP helps countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to find and share their own solutions to the challenges of development, through partnerships for change and connecting individuals and institutions so they can share knowledge, experience and resources. The Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean is appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations and leads a team of 800 professionals in 24 offices in Latin America. Heraldo Muñoz serves as the Assistant Secretary General and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Muñoz has been, since 2003, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations and Chairman of the Committee on Peacebuilding United Nations. He has held a number of important roles within the United Nations, including the facilitator in the Security Council of the UN, during consultations on the reform (2007-2008), Vice President of the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly (2006-2007) and President of the UN Security Council (2004).
The UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) heads the UN System in Belize and is also the Resident Representative for UNDP in Belize. An Assistant Resident Representative (ARR) is responsible for the strategic direction of the UNDP Programme in Belize.
All activities falling within the Country Programme Action Plan are nationally owned. Implementation of the programme activities are being carried out by Implementing Partners, i.e. Government Ministries, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs, and UN agencies including UNDP as appropriate. Each programme area defines the decision makers, based on programme activities being implemented in the country.
Members of the UNDP Belize Team visit GFATM funded Community Care Center, Feb 2013.
The country office is lead by the Resident Representative Roberto Valent, and is supported by a Deputy Resident Representative and Operations staff based in El Salvador.
Assistant Resident Representative a.i., Ms. Maisoon Bukhari, directly heads the Belize Country Office team comprised of 19 in-country team members. The team implements the country Operations and Programme work, which includes the GEF Small Grants Programme in Belize, and support to UN coordination.
Team members are contracted under various contract modalities and come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds. The country office also benefits from the support of interns on an as needed basis.
List of all Consultants holding Special Service Agreements and Service Contracts of US $30,000 or above in 2012 from the Country Office (September 2012 extract).