The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.
Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs for governments. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the United Nations system is represented by Ms. Marina Walter, she is the UN Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Marteen.
Prior to her assignment as United Nations Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, Ms. Walter served as Country Director a.i. and Deputy Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India from 2015 to 2018. Ahead of that, she was the Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Thailand, where she started in 2013. Ms. Walter also served for five years as the Deployment Coordinator of UNDP’s global emergency rapid response programme (SURGE) in New York and managed UNDP’s Civil Service Leadership Development in Kabul, Afghanistan, for two years. Ms. Walter has also held positions in different parts of the UN system in capacity building, resource mobilization, public private partnerships, and training, work which led her to Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Prior to her joining the United Nations in 1996, Ms. Walter worked as a journalist in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Walter holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA and a Master’s degree in International Politics, Economics, and Law, from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.
She speaks German, French, and English