Posted: Friday, April 14, 2023. 7:03 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Several of the resident organizations affiliated with the United Nations (UN) will be moving to common premises in Belmopan beginning today, Friday.
The United Nations House, as it is being called, will take up the second storey of David L. Mckoy Business Centre, Bliss Parade, Belmopan, hosting the Office of UN Resident Coordinator Birgit Gerstenberg and the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP UNDP). The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, will remain in its premises elsewhere in Belmopan while the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Pan American/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) remain in premises in Belize City.
The opening will be done by the UN Resident Coordinator to Belize and El Salvador, Birgit Gerstenberg; Prime Minister John Briceño; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, Eamon Courtenay; Deputy Director for the United Nations Development Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean, Linda Maguire; as well as UNDP Resident Representative to Jamaica, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands, Denise Antonio.
Common premises are a key enabler for common services and shared services between agencies and form an integral part of the United Nations’ efforts to harmonize common operations at the country level.
Belize has been a member of the U.N. since Independence in 1981 and has actively welcomed most of the major U.N. agencies to work in Belize even before that time.
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