In November 2018, the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) adopted the UN system common position on international drug control policy through effective inter-agency collaboration. This forward-thinking document calls for strong support for policies that promote health, human rights, including equality and non-discrimination, and sustainable development. In particular, the document calls for the promotion of alternatives to conviction and punishment, including the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use, the principle of proportionality, and harm reduction interventions. To achieve these goals, the Common Position acknowledges the importance of inter-agency cooperation.

 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Jan Beagle of New Zealand as Special Adviser on System-wide Implementation of Chief Executive Board (CEB) decisions.

As part of his ongoing efforts to ensure system-wide coherence, the Secretary-General has decided to enhance the focus on system-wide implementation of the decisions, strategies and policies adopted by the CEB.  The Special Adviser will advise the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, the Chef de Cabinet and senior management in the system on ways to leverage system-wide agreements and accelerate implementation at global, regional and country levels.

Ms. Beagle has over four decades of distinguished service to the United Nations, including most recently as Under-Secretary-General for Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance.  Previously, she served as Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management.  She has also held senior positions in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Office of the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Department of Political and Security Council Affairs.