23 September 2005

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources

NEW YORK, 22 September (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management.

Ms. Beagle has been serving as Director of the Division for Organizational Development since 1997.  Prior to her appointment as Director, Ms. Beagle served as Deputy Director of the same Division.  Ms. Beagle joined the United Nations in 1979 in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs.  Since then, she has served the Organization in various capacities, including as Principal Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (1992-1996), Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (1990-1992), Senior Officer in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management and Special Assistant to the Controller (1989-1990), and Political Affairs Officer and subsequently Senior Political Affairs Officer (1979-1989).

She has been a member of, and chaired, a number of United Nations system inter-agency bodies, including the Human Resources Network.  In this capacity, she is the primary spokesperson for the organizations of the United Nations system in the International Civil Service Commission.

Ms. Beagle began her career in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a delegate of New Zealand to the United Nations (1974-1979).

Ms. Beagle was born and educated in New Zealand.  She holds a Master of Arts in History and International Relations from the University of Auckland.

Ms. Beagle is married with three daughters.

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