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Major UN role for NZer Jan Beagle

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/06/2017
Jan Beagle. © Favre/Epa/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images Jan Beagle.

New Zealander Jan Beagle has been appointed to one of the United Nations' most senior roles.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed the former diplomat, who has been with the UN for 35 years, as Under-Secretary-General for Management for the next four years.

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee described the position, one of few senior positions in the Secretariat, as a "significant role".

"As the Secretary-General noted in making the appointment, Ms Beagle has had a distinguished career in the United Nations, serving in a number of high-level roles in New York and Geneva, most recently as the Deputy Executive Director of UN AIDS," he said.

"This appointment is a tribute to Ms Beagle's abilities and her excellent performance in the United Nations ... we look forward to working with her."

She succeeds Japan's Yukio Takasu in the role.

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