Jean-Pierre Lacroix appointed as new UN peacekeeping Chief

France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been appointed as the United Nations’ new Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations.

Feb 15, 2017 11:00 IST
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 Jean Pierre France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix has been appointed as the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations. He has been appointed for the period of one year beginning 1 April 2017.

The announcement was made by the United Nations' new Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who took over from Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017.

Besides this, Guterres also announced the extension of the term of three other officials including Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support and Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support until 1 April 2018.

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Key Highlights

• The two Under-Secretary-General positions are among the most high-profile posts at the United Nations.

• In his new position, Jean-Pierre Lacroix will be replacing Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017after six years of service.

• Hervé Ladsous had informed UN chief that he would be unavailable for an extension at the end of his current term.

• Lacroix will be taking over the role at a time when UN peacekeeping is struggling to overcome a scandal over increasing number of sexual abuse cases by troops serving in peacekeeping missions.

• Apart from this, Guterres also announced that he will be setting up an internal review team to look into the international body’s peace and security strategy, functioning, and architecture.

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About Jean-Pierre Lacroix

• Born on 2 May 1960, Lacroix holds a bachelor’s degree in law and master’s degree in political science.

• He was a technical advisor to the French Prime Minister from 1993 to 1995.

• He is currently serving as the Director of United Nations and International Organizations (NUOI).

• In total, he has over 25 years of political and diplomatic experience.

• He has handled several multilateral organisations, UN activities and programmes.

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