Mr. Oscar Fernández -Taranco

Mr. Oscar Fernández -Taranco

Mr. Oscar Fernández -Taranco

Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination ad interim

Mr. Oscar Fernández -Taranco has been appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination ad interim as of 15 June 2022. 

Mr. Fernández -Taranco has more than 30 years of experience in the United Nations system, both at Headquarters and in the field, managing development, political, peacebuilding, human rights and humanitarian operations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fernández -Taranco served as Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Strengthening Programmatic Integration.  In this capacity, he supported the advancement of our collective efforts to enhance the programmatic integration and collaboration between activities of the peace and security pillar, humanitarian activities and the development system to leverage the full potential and cross-pillar benefits of the reforms.

Mr. Fernandez-Taranco had previously served in a variety of leadership positions, including as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania and Deputy Special Representative of the UNDP Administrator in the West Bank and Gaza Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People.  He was also the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States and Resident Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti.

Mr. Fernández -Taranco succeeds Mr. Robert Piper who led the start-up phase of the Development Coordination Office (DCO) and a reinvigorated Resident Coordinator system.