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. In this role, he is providing advisory and change management support to the UN Development System to become more “fit for purpose” for implementation of the new sustainable development agenda being negotiated by Member States of the UN. Formerly, he served as UN Assistant Secretary- General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at UN Women (2011-2014), where he led the new Agency’s global policy work and oversaw its programmes in over 90 countries. He has also served 13 years as UN Resident Coordinator –the most senior UN official in-country- in Latvia (1993-1997), Tanzania (2002-2006) and Vietnam (2006-2011), where he led a very successful UN reform effort at country level - the ‘Delivering as One’ Initiative. 













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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