The UN Resident Coordinator Office in the United Arab Emirates

The UN Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) is responsible for coordinating UN engagements with counterparts in the UAE, working closely with a wide spectrum of partners, such as government partners, private sector entities, and academia. The Resident Coordinator (RC) system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.

The Resident Coordinator, as the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General, leads the UN Country Team in identifying how it can best collaborate with the UAE Government for the advancement of the country’s sustainable development and humanitarian goals and SDG implementation by mobilizing the full range of mandates and expertise of the UN system. This coordination promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, and development strategies. 


The Resident Coordinator in the United Arab Emirates

Ms. Bérangère Boëll has 23 years of experience in international development and humanitarian cooperation in the Middle East and Africa. She has held management and leadership positions within the UN for 19 years with a solid track record of driving positive change, spearheading successful initiatives and fostering a collaborative and results-driven work environment. She brings extensive expertise in strategic planning, policy dialogue, development and humanitarian coordination, and advocacy for the 2030 Agenda.   

Prior to this appointment, she served as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Morocco, Libya, the DPRK, and more recently in Mozambique, leading strategic alliances and innovative solutions to tackle complex development challenges with national governments, civil society organizations, and international partners. She served as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim on multiple occasions in Libya and Mozambique, leading the UN's coordinated efforts amidst intricate circumstances.   

Prior to that, Ms. Boëll served as UNFPA Regional Advisor, developing strategic partnerships for 21 countries in East and Southern Africa. She joined UNFPA after holding various senior positions within the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for eight years in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Ms. Boëll started her career in a Spanish NGO in the Caribbean region and in North Africa for five years. 

Ms. Bérangère Boëll holds a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation from the Complutense University of Madrid and two Bachelors’degrees in Political Sciences and Foreign Languages from Paris VIII and la Sorbonne University.  

 UN Secretary-General appointed Ms. Bérangère Boëll of France as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the United Arab Emirates. Photo: © UN

Bérangère Boëll

United Nations Resident Coordinator for the UAE