United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (UNRC)



As one of the 51 founding members of the United Nations in 1945, the Islamic Republic of Iran has played a significant role in the development of the organization and actively participates in the work of the UN and its funds, programmes and specialized agencies.

UN has been present in Iran since 1950. Starting in a small way in 1950, today 14 UN agencies and funds  are based in Iran, working in areas as diverse as environment, education, children, refugees, agriculture, industry, drugs, health, culture and disaster risk reduction. 

The aim of these agencies is to support the government’s efforts to reduce poverty, protect environment, foster sustainable development, augment production in agricultural and industrial sectors, fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases, assist in increased recognition of Iranian cultural heritage, strengthen anti-narcotics trafficking efforts and judicial reform and support the government’s effort in hosting one of the largest refugee populations in the world.

The United Nations offices in Iran work in partnership with the government to respond to national development priorities and emerging needs of the country.  They agree on programmes of cooperation with the government according to their development and humanitarian mandates. UN works not only with the government, but also with partners in the non-governmental sector as part of the projects and programmes agreed with the government.

As a middle income country with continuing improvement in its human development indicators, Iran is poised to achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders at the 2000 Millennium Summit, in which Iran too participated.

As in other countries, work of UN agencies in Iran is guided by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).  The UNDAF is based on and aligned with the national development priorities and strategies and is designed and agreed with the government. It is a tool which allows the different UN agencies in the country to harmonize and assess its capacities, projects and programmes, in order to best support the country’s development efforts[1].

[1]  “ The United Nations in Iran(3rd edition)” Published by the United Nations System in Iran, 2011-P:5



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