The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The Resident Coordinator (RC) is the leader of the UNCT and plays a central role in making possible the coordination of UN operational activities for development at the country level in support to national priorities and capacity building. As the designated representative of – and reporting to – the Secretary-General, the RC ensures effective advocacy of the core values, standards, principles, and activities of the UN system.
The UN Resident Coordinator in China
Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee took office as the UN Resident Coordinator in China on 16 January 2021 and presented his letter of credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of China on 14 April 2021. The Resident Coordinator, is the highest-ranking representative of the UN Development System in China.
Mr. Chatterjee has more than 25 years of experience in international cooperation, sustainable development, humanitarian coordination and peace and security. Most recently, he served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya after holding other leadership positions across the Organization, including as Resident Representative of the UNDP and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Kenya; Regional Director for the Middle East and Europe for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Denmark; and Chief of Staff in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). He also held leadership positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Indonesia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, and in UN Peacekeeping Operations with the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH). Mr. Chatterjee has also served in the Red Cross Movement (IFRC) as the Chief Diplomat and Head of Resource Mobilization in Switzerland.
A 3 times TEDx speaker, he is a regular opinion contributor on humanitarian and development issues for a range of journals including Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Reuters, Huffington Post, Forbes, CNBC Africa, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and a number of mainstream Chinese journals.
Mr. Chatterjee holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University in the United States of America and a bachelor’s degree from the National Defence Academy in India.