New York

14 February 2017

Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina - Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

A biographical note on Mr. Fernandez-Tarance 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.

2 September 2014 - Secretary-General Appoints Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. 

Mr. Fernandez-Taranco will succeed Judy Cheng-Hopkins, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedication and able leadership.

With more than 30 years of experience in the United Nations System, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco worked both at Headquarters and in the field, managing development, political, peacebuilding, human rights and humanitarian operations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

Prior to his appointment, he was Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in the Department of Political Affairs since July 2009.  He also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania.

From 1994 to 1998, he served as Deputy Special Representative of the Administrator in the West Bank and Gaza Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People.  He was also the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director in the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP, from 2001 to 2006, and Resident Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti from 1998 to 2001.

Mr. Fernandez-Taranco was educated at Cornell University, where he studied economics, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying urban regional economic planning.

Born in 1957, he is married and has two children.


*     This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1177-BIO/4071-PA/5 of 25 March 2009.