The Resident Coordinator's Office

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office supports the work of the UN Resident Coordinator. The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country Team in consultations with the Government to define and agree on the UN strategic response to the Government’s development priorities. This response is captured in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

The UNSDCF is a results framework that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development priorities. The UNSDCF describes how the UN Country Team will contribute to the achievement of development results based on a common country analysis and the UN comparative advantage. The office coordinates activities related to common programming including Agenda 2030, joint programmes, joint programming activities and development coordination work. This is done in conformity with the objectives and priorities of the Government, and the mandates and objectives of the United Nations agencies.

Caption: Secretary-General António Guterres (front row, centre) holds a dialogue with the United Nations Resident Coordinators. To the left of the Secretary-General is Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.
Photo: © UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Resident Coordinator Office has five core functions:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Economics
  3. Partnerships and development finance
  4. Data and results management & reporting
  5. Communications and advocacy

The UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia

Ms. Karima El Korri was appointed Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam in August 2021. She has more than 20 years of international development experience within the United Nations and externally.

Within the Organization, she most recently led the 2030 Agenda division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), a role she assumed after managing the population and development portfolio and pioneering the work of the Commission on international migration, population ageing, and youth empowerment. Before that, she served as a regional advisor on governance and project coordinator at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. El Korri worked in Morocco as a lecturer at the Al-Akhawayn University as well as with a think-tank engaging with government, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth, and international organizations on development issues in the country.

She holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, USA and a bachelor’s degree in English from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.


Karima El Korri

Resident Coordinator