John Hendra

John Hendra

Senior Coordinator
UN Fit for Purpose

John is Senior Coordinator for “UN Fit for Purpose” for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Previously, John led UN Women’s global policy work in gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment and oversaw the repositioning of UN Women’s programs in over 70 countries world-wide as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Program for UN Women. In that position, he was also deeply engaged in global thematic and national consultations and intense public debate about the post-2015 development agenda, serving as one of four ASGs tasked by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to coordinate UN System efforts around the new post-MDG agenda. John brings extensive development policy and advocacy experience and unique reform credentials to this work after serving for five years as UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam (2006-2011) where he spearheaded the “One UN Initiative”, a major reform of the UN’s work at country level which was independently evaluated as significantly enhancing UN policy impact and overall development effectiveness. This new mode of working with the UN – “Delivering as One” - is now being voluntarily adapted by over 60 countries around the world. John also brings a wealth of experience conducting policy dialogue at the highest levels after serving as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tanzania (2002-2006) and Latvia (1993-1997) in addition to Vietnam. Throughout his UN career he has been at the leading edge of UN reform, from being selected the youngest UNDP Res. Rep. ever to helping lead “Delivering as One” to serving as one of two Deputies to Michelle Bachelet, the founding Executive Director of UN Women, an organization born out of the need for greater UN system-wide coherence around ensuring gender equality and advancing women’s rights.  













Q&A with John Hendra: Women, Cultural Norms and Unpaid Work, Voice of America, March 26, 2014

OP-ED:  The Care Imperative, Inter Press Service, March 3, 2014

No More Holding Back Women, Asian Tribune, March 9, 2014

Kingdom Needs More Women in Parliament, UN Official Says, The Nation, February 14, 2014

Mexico Rising: Advances in Women’s Health and RightsPassBlue, February 6, 2014

Why it Matters that Sheryl Sandberg Is Now a BillionaireThe Fourth Wave, January 27, 2014

Gender Equality: Will the Post-2015 Goals Succeed Where the MDGs Failed?, The Guardian, December 6, 2013

Empowering Women is Development, Perspective Magazine, 2013

On International Girl’s Day, Violence Against Women Trends are Worrying, Rawa News, October 11, 2013

What Bangladesh Can Teach the World, Dhaka Tribune, September 16, 2013

“The Right to Equality in Post-2015”, a Speech by John Hendra in Oslo, UN Women, June 13, 2013

Tipping Point?, Global: The International Briefing, April 2013

#AskUNWomen Twitter Chat on MDG Progress for Women and Girls, Storify, April 5, 2013

“Putting Gender Equality at the Center of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”: Speech by John Hendra at the Emerging Issue Panel, UN Women, March 8, 2013

Enshrining Human Rights, Justice and Security in the Post-2015 Development Goals, UN Women, January 17, 2013

John Hendra: In Post-MDG Debate, Gender Equality Must Go Mainstream, Devex, October 30, 2012

Ban Announces Five Senior Appointments to Positions in Key UN Offices, UN News Centre, March 11, 2011


John Hendra on the UN Millenium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda, The Brian Lehrer Show,  September 26, 2013

Comments on the Post-2015 High Level Report by John Hendra, Hammarskjold Foundation, May 30, 2013


Advancement of Women’s Equality, Voice TV 21, March 7, 2014

Los desafíos de equidad de género en el mundo, CNN México, February 11, 2014

More Coordination, Cooperation Necessary to Bring Women’s Issues to the Forefront, Devex, December 4, 2013

UN Women: Three Things that Must Happen to Advance Women’s Empowerment, Devex, November 27, 2013

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