The UN Resident Coordinator Office

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator. The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN country team in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities. This response is captured in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF).

The Cooperation Framework reaffirms the shared vision and partnership between the Government of Turkmenistan and the UN system. It expresses collective aspirations for a prosperous, inclusive, and resilient Turkmenistan. It envisions that the country, by 2025, will make a significant progress in achieving its national development goals aligned with the SDGs.

The UN Resident Coordinator Office has five core functions:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management and reporting
  5. Communications and advocacy

The UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan

The UN Resident Coordinator a.i. for Turkmenistan is Christine Weigand. 

Christine has around twenty years of international development experience. Prior to Turkmenistan, she served as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iran and Chief Social Policy and Evaluation in Madagascar. Prior to joining UNICEF, Christine worked as Sector Economist for Social Protection and Project Manager with the KfW Entwicklungsbank, the German development bank. In this capacity, she provided technical advice on social protection to all levels of German financial and technical cooperation, managing the development projects totaling 50 mln. EUR. Between 2001 and 2008, Christine worked with the World Bank in Washington DC, in poverty reduction and social protection. Christine is national of Austria. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economic Studies from Maastricht University, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German.