The UN Resident Coordinator Office

In Yemen, the United Nations is represented by 21 resident and non-resident agencies, funds and specialised programmes that carry out their activities.

The country team (known by its acronym UNCT) is made up of representatives of these organisations. As head of the country team, the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) guides and supports the work of the UNCT, ensuring effective coordination and cooperation within the mandates of each organisation.

The Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) is the main support structure for the activities of the Resident Coordinator and the country team, to help strengthen the joint activities of the United Nations system in Yemen. 

Its purpose is to maximize, in a coordinated manner, the work of the United Nations so that the system can provide a collective, coherent and integrated response to national priorities and needs, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals and other international commitments.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Yemen

Mr. Gressly brings over 40 years of international experience in peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and development to the role, including a wealth of humanitarian leadership and extensive political and security knowledge in complex emergencies and conflict situations. At the United Nations, he held several leadership positions, including, most recently, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Protection and Operations for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). 

He also occupied the posts of United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Stabilisation, and the Rule of Law, as well as Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Head of Mission for the United Nations Office in Mali (UNOM) and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel for the 2012 food crisis. 

Prior to that, Mr. Gressly served the United Nations for more than 20 years, including as Regional Coordinator covering South Sudan. He also held managerial positions in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, India, and Nigeria within the Organization, working in the development and humanitarian fields. 

Mr. Gressly holds a Master of Business Administration in international finance.