2 September 2011

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Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Hervé Ladsous of France Under-Secretary-General


for Peacekeeping Operations


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Hervé Ladsous of France as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, replacing Alain Le Roy.

The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Le Roy’s dedicated service to the United Nations and for his able leadership of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations during a very challenging period.

A seasoned diplomat, Mr. Ladsous brings to the position extensive experience acquired during his service in a variety of countries.  He also brings acute political judgement, strong crisis-management capacities, especially in the area of peacekeeping, and a profound understanding of the challenges facing the United Nations.  His capacity to build consensus is recognized by his peers all over the world.

Mr. Ladsous has held a broad range of positions France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since joining in 1971.  As a junior diplomat, he was posted to Hong Kong, Canberra and Beijing, in addition to being a member of the permanent representation to the United Nations in Geneva.  After having served as Deputy-Director General of the Department for the Americas, he was appointed Chargé d’affaires ad interim in Haiti, before becoming Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

He was Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna and Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, before holding senior posts in Paris as Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry and Director General for Asia and Oceania.

Before assuming his current position as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, he was Ambassador to China.

Mr. Ladsous holds a law degree and a diploma in Chinese and Indonesian Malay from the National School of Oriental Studies in France.

Born in 1950, he is married and has three children.

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