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.