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The United Nations in Brazil

The United Nations has had representation in Brazil since 1947. The presence of the UN in each country varies according to the demands presented by the respective governments to the Organization. In Brazil, the United Nations System is represented by specialized agencies, funds and programmes that carry out their activities according to their specific mandates. The Country Team (known by its acronym in English as UNCT) is formed by the Representatives of these organizations, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator.

The UNCT is chaired by the Resident Coordinator and has, among its main functions, the mission of defining strategies, coordinating the Team's work and sharing information among all its participants. The elaboration of joint initiatives between the different offices, evaluating the work of the UN in the country and coordinating the action of the various interagency groups, are also part of its mission.

Its main objective is to maximize, in a coordinated manner, the work of the UN, 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 (SDGs) and other international commitments. The way that cooperation works with Brazil changes from one agency to another, as they each carry out the tasks indicated by their respective mandates and operate in specific areas.

In general, the agencies act in a coordinated manner, developing projects jointly with the government - both at the federal, state and municipal levels - with the private initiative, educational institutions, NGOs and Brazilian civil society, with the objective of seeking, jointly, solutions to overcome the challenges and difficulties present in creating and implementing a common agenda in favor of equitable human development.

Most of the UN entities in Brazil are based in Brasilia, but there are some based in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 

Known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework or UNSDPF, the UNSDPF is the joint action plan of UN system agencies, funds and programmes in each country. It is elaborated from the diagnosis presented in the joint Country Analysis (CCA) and points out the strategic areas of action of the United Nations at national level and efforts to be made to articulate a coherent and integrated vision in the promotion of development from the country.

The action plan demonstrates the main actions and areas of action of the UN System in Brazil during this five-year period.

The Position of the UN System in Brazil

With the objective of contributing to sustainable human development, the country's growth and its fight against poverty, the United Nations System in Brazil has a constant mission to align its services with the needs of a dynamic, multifaceted and diversified country.

As a result of these joint efforts, UN Brazil has prepared technical articles for positioning in the most different fields of knowledge and areas of mandate of the Organization in the country. The aim of the debate is not to bring immediate solutions to existing problems; but, rather, to encourage reflections on the challenges of an increasingly heterogeneous society and the need for innovative solutions to these challenges.

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UN Brazil Country Team

Resident Coordinator Office
UN Entities in Brazil

UN Key Documents

UNDAF/United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CP)

01 January 2017
31 December 2021
01 January 2022