New York

14 February 2017

Mr. Atul Khare of India - Under-Secretary-General for Field Support

A biographical note on Mr. Khare follows this Statement by the Secretary-General:

​From the very beginning of my mandate, I have announced that reforming the Secretariat Peace and Security strategy, functioning and architecture would be a key priority.  I decided to this end to establish an internal review team led by Mr. Tamrat Samuel.  This team will submit recommendations to me by June 2017, in order to initiate a process of consultations with Member States and relevant entities, and in the end take appropriate action in due course.

This important work will require both expertise and experience from principals and all staff members.

Pending those evolutions, I decided that the mandate of senior officials working in the Peace and Security pillar should be maintained for another one year.  Accordingly, the mandates of Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, as Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, and Mr. Atul Khare, as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, will be extended for one year until 1 April 2018.

Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, informed me that he would be unavailable for an extension at the end of his current contract on 31 March 2017.  I would like to express my gratitude for his service to the United Nations, his tireless efforts and dedication to peacekeeping, especially in modernizing capacities both to address multidimensional crises and protect civilian populations.

I intend to appoint Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, for one year beginning 1 April 2017.  Mr. Lacroix, who is currently Director for the United Nations and International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France, brings to the position over 25 years of political and diplomatic experience, mostly handling multilateral organizations, United Nations activities and programmes.

7 January 2015 - Secretary-General Appoints Atul Khare of India as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Atul Khare of India as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Department of Field Support.  He will succeed Ameerah Haq of Bangladesh to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.  The Secretary-General is particularly appreciative of Ms. Haq’s exemplary leadership of the Department of Field Support.

Mr. Khare brings to the position strategic management and innovative reform expertise in both headquarters and field perspective.  Currently providing charitable medical advice in India, Mr. Khare has a long senior career with the United Nations, most recently as Assistant Secretary-General leading the Change Management Team (2011-2012) and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Deputy Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York (2010-2011).

He was previously Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) at the level of Under-Secretary-General (2006-2009), working earlier as Chief of Staff and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).

Former Director of The Nehru Centre and Minister (Culture), High Commission of India in London (2005-2006), Mr. Khare served during his tenure with the Indian Foreign Service in its diplomatic missions in France, Mauritius, Senegal, Thailand and the United Kingdom, as well as the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York.

Mr. Khare holds bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and leadership from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Born in India in 1959, he is married.


*     This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1295-BIO/4292 of 31 May 2011.