Head of Department

Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix is the Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He took over from the former Under-Secretary-General Mr. Hérve Ladsous on 1 April 2017.

Portrait of Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

UN Photo

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, USG of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Mr. Lacroix brings over 25 years of political and diplomatic experience, mostly handling multilateral organizations, Unite Nations activities and programmes.

Mr. Lacroix served from 2014 to 2017 as Director for United Nations, International Organizations, Human Rights and Francophonie at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previous appointments include Ambassador of France to Sweden, Chief of Protocol of France, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York, Deputy Chief of Mission at the French Embassy in Prague and First Secretary then Second Counsellor at the French Embassy in Washington. He also served as Advisor at the Cabinet of the French Prime Minister.

Mr. Ladsous served as the French Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, and Ambassador of France to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He then held senior positions in Paris including Spokesperson of the Ministry and Director General for Asia and Oceania.

Born in 2 May 1960, Mr. Lacroix holds BAs from the Institute of Economic and Commercial Sciences (ESSEC), the Institute for political studies - Sciences Po Paris and the National School of Administration (ENA) Class “Michel de Montaigne.”