The UN Resident Coordinator Office
The UN Resident Coordinator, supported by a coordination office, ensures that UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes work together to help Guyana achieve its development objectives.
The General Assembly Resolution 72/279 on the repositioning of the United Nations Development System mandates bold changes for the emergence of a new generation of Country Teams, centred on a strategic programme with the Government and led by an impartial, independent and empowered UN Resident Coordinator to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana
Ms. Mikiko Tanaka (Japanese) is the UN Resident Coordinator for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana since August 2016.
From 2016 to 2018 she was also UNDP's Resident Representative in Guyana. Prior to Guyana, she worked for UNDP for 20 years, serving as Country Director in Yemen; Country Director in Timor-Leste, Deputy Country Director in Pakistan, Deputy Resident Representative in Benin, Human Resources Coordinator in New York Headquarters, UNV Programme Coordinator and Poverty Alleviation Advisor in China, and as Assistant Resident Representative in Lao PDR. Before joining UNDP, Ms. Tanaka worked with CARE International in Thailand.
Ms. Tanaka holds a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication, a Master of Rural Development Management and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. She speaks English, French and Thai in addition to her mother tongue Japanese.