UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean

 Young indigenous Wounaan woman in Colombia
Photo: UNDP Costa Rica

The Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) serves as headquarters for UNDP’s regional programmes and our offices in 26 countries—covering 42 countries and territories.

The Bureau is headed by UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta, with Regional Service Center in Panama supporting all our country offices.

The Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean is Susan McDade, who is based at headquarters.

Across Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP works mainly with governments, but also with civil society organisations and the private sector, developing national and local capacities and building stronger institutions that offer quality services for citizens.

Our overall goal is Latin America and the Caribbean is to boost human development—improve lives, empower citizens and build more resilient nations—by:

  • Reducing Poverty and Inequality
  • Strengthening Democratic Governance
  • Improving Citizen Security
  • Enhancing South-South Cooperation
  • Empowering Women
  • Preventing and Recovering from Crisis
  • Boosting access to Energy and advancing Sustainability
  • Preventing, caring and treating HIV/AIDS


Organizational Structure

In addition to the headquarter-based oversight, management, and strategic guidance, our region-wide initiatives, programmes and country support greatly rely on our Regional Service Center in Panama. The Center ensures effective, timely and responsive support tailored to the needs and priorities of UNDP’s offices in 26 countries, quickly mobilizing support by connecting our country offices and national partners to UNDP’s global network of development experts, from the Regional Center, from UNDP HQ and other UN agencies.

Moreover, in each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator.

At the regional level, Jessica Faieta, UN Assistant-Secretary General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean also chairs the UN Development Group—all the UN agencies, funds and programmes working towards development—in the region.



Jessica Faieta is UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Director's Corner
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Media contact in NY

Carolina Azevedo

Email: carolina.azevedo@undp.org

Tel: +1 212 906 6127

Media contact in Panama

Pablo Basz

Email: pablo.basz@undp.org

Tel: +507 305 4864