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.
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.
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.