The Resident Coordinator Office
The Integrated Office of the Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator is the operational structure that supports the functions of the coordinator and coordination between the United Nations Country Team and BINUH, as well as support to the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation The UN Country Team under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the work of the Team and promoting the division of labor according to the mandates of each agency. The Office of the Resident Coordinator is the main support structure for the activities of the Resident Coordinator and the Country Team, in order to strengthen the joint activities of the United Nations System in Haiti.
The Resident Coordinator/ DSRSG/HC
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Ingeborg Ulrika Ulfsdotter Richardson of Sweden as his new Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) and Resident Coordinator in Haiti. Ms. Richardson will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator.
Ms. Richardson succeeds Bruno Lemarquis of France, who recently completed his assignment and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and steadfast commitment to the United Nations. The Secretary-General is also grateful for the leadership provided by his acting Deputy Special Representative, Fernando Hiraldo del Castillo of Spain, during the interim period.
Ms. Richardson brings to this position more than 30 years of hands-on development, humanitarian and political experience, with in-depth understanding of United Nations missions through her close engagement with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), where she has served as the United Nations Development Coordinator since 2018. Prior to that, she was Resident Coordinator in Cabo Verde (2013-2018).
She has ample experience in international affairs and development cooperation, having served as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Gabon (2012-2013), and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey (2007-2012) and in Cuba (2004-2007), where she also worked on regional disaster preparedness. Ms. Richardson joined the United Nations in 1995 as a United Nations Volunteer. In addition to her service to the United Nations, she also worked as programme coordinator and portfolio manager for the African Development Bank in Cote d’Ivoire (2000-2001).
Ms. Richardson holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from Gothenburg University and a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Lund University, both in Sweden. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.