UN Resident Coordinator

 
"It is a great privilege for me to be appointed by the UN Secretary General to lead the United Nations System and United Nations Development Programme in Montenegro. I am sure it is going to be both pleasure and a huge responsibility to lead UN Team in Montenegro, the country which is globally recognised as an example of effective and efficient cooperation of UN organisations, government and other national partners under Delivering as One. I very much look forward to our joint work"

Fiona McCluney

Fiona McCluney assumed the position of the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro on 11 June 2015. Prior to her appointment in Montenegro, McCluney worked with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as Chief Technical Adviser and Head of their Country Office in Palestine (2012-2015), and in Iraq (2011-2012). From 2008-2011 she served with UN-Habitat in Iraq as Head of Urban Governance, Land and Housing. Before joining UN-Habitat, she was a Senior Policy Consultant with GHK International Consulting Ltd., an employee-owned economics and development consultancy in the UK. McCluney also worked as a Planning and Policy Officer in various UK local government positions. She has over twenty-five years of experience working as an Urban Planner in the public and private sectors. She was selected as a trainee under the UK Government Associate Professional Officers Scheme, and from 1987 to 2005 she lived and worked in Anguilla, St. Helena, Pakistan, China, Hong Kong and India.
McCluney holds a B.A. (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University, England and an M.Phil. in Urban Design and Regional Planning from Edinburgh University, Scotland.

UN Resident Coordinator System

The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all UN organizations dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. Resident Coordinators, funded and managed by the UNDP, lead UN country teams in more than 130 countries and are the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely with national governments, Resident Coordinators and Country Teams, advocate for the interests and mandates of the UN system while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family. The coordination of development operations promotes strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces the government’s transactional costs. This helps make the UN a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.