UNDP and the UN System

Photo: UNCT Retreat 2012

Belize gained its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981 and applied for membership to the United Nations on that same day. At the recommendation of the Security Council, Belize was admitted as a member of the United Nations on September 25, 1981.

UNDP acts as the host agency for the Resident Coordinator (RC) system, funded through resources raised by UNDP, the UN Development Group and with contributions from the various UN agencies.

The RC system responds to the requirements of the UN Reforms, introduced by the Secretary-General to encourage the UN to ‘Deliver as One.’ “The UNCT in Belize is committed to working together to improve collaboration to achieve national development objectives.  Through the UNCT, UN resident and non-resident agencies work in a coherent fashion to enhance development results and impact, which will ultimately contribute to make a difference in the lives of all who make Belize their home.

Theme Groups and Joint Teams emerge within the larger context of UN reform and international efforts to improve aid effectiveness. There are three UN Theme Groups in Belize.  1) The UN Security Management Team (UNSMT) comprises the Security focal points from each agency, led by the Designated Official.  It is accountable to UNDSS in Guatemala, which has responsibility for Belize. 2) The UN Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) is responsible for humanitarian response in the event of major disasters.  It comprises heads of agencies, led by the RC.  The Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) supports it.  3) The Theme Group on HIV, comprising heads of agencies.  These Theme Groups work in conjunction with three Joint Teams: SRH/HIV/AIDS (chaired by UNFPA), UN M&E (chaired by UNICEF), and UNETT (chaired by UNDP).  A UNCT member, or his /her delegate, chairs the Joint Teams…”  To find out more information about the work that was carried out by the UN Agencies in Belize last year you may read the Resident Coordinator Annual Report.

UN agencies in the country

There are currently four UN Agencies resident in Belize, and two agencies have National Programme Offices - UNAIDS and FAO. PAHO/WHO commenced operations in Belize in the 1950s and UNICEF established an office in Belize in 1981. They were joined by UNDP in 1993 and UNFPA in 2004. The team of UN Agencies is led by Mr. Roberto Valent, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) / UNDP Resident Representative (RR) who was appointed in November 2010. The RC is the designated representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the coordination of development operations at the country level.

The UN Country Team (CT) in Belize supports the country to develop its capacity to lead the development process and pursue poverty eradication, encourage sustained economic growth and build peace and promote human rights. The UNCT encourages partnership with civil society, including indigenous peoples and minorities, and other forms of citizen engagement, including volunteerism.

The United Nations, drawing on the collective strengths of all Agencies, Funds and Programmes (including non-resident agencies), is committed to working with the Government of Belize and civil society partners to achieve the agenda endorsed by the 2005 World Summit, the Millennium Declaration (MD), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other internationally agreed treaty obligations.

Here are LINKS to the United Nations in Belize System website and of UN Programmes and Agencies that are Resident or have National Offices in Belize.