The United Nations presence in Cambodia is convened under the UN Resident Coordinator System. Resident Coordinators help to improve the effectiveness of UN operations at the country level by drawing upon the support, expertise and guidance of the entire UN Country Team to deliver more coordinated programmes and better development results.
Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren (Belgium) is the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Prior to taking up her duties in Cambodia in March 2013, she was United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Bhutan.
Ms. Van der Vaeren was Division Chief for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific from 2004-2009; and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey from 2000-2004.
She was previously in Cambodia from 1997-2000 as UNDP Assistant Resident Representative (Programme).
Ms. Van der Vaeren started her United Nations career in 1991. From then until 1997, she worked with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in New York in the Policy Planning and Evaluation Unit; as a consultant; and as UNCDF’s Field Implementation Officer in Ethiopia.
Prior to joining UNDP, she worked as an International Staff Operations Liaison Assistant with CARE, New York.
Claire Van der Vaeren holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Licence in Political Science and International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
The UN Resident Coordinator is also the UNDP Resident Representative. In Cambodia, the UNDP Country Director takes full responsibility for the programming work of the UNDP Country Office, allowing the UN Resident Coordinator to concentrate on UN-wide development operations.
To contact the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator:
Office Phone: (855) 23 216 167
(ext: 120 for general information, ext. 124 for media enquiries)
Fax: (855) 23 210 214