Alain Le Roy

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Alain Le Roy
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
In office
30 June 2008 – 2 September 2011
Appointed by Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Succeeded by Hervé Ladsous
Personal details
Born Alain Le Roy
(1953-02-06) February 6, 1953 (age 61)
France
Nationality French

Alain Roland Le Roy (born 6 February 1953) is a French diplomat and until 2011 served as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. He was appointed to the position in June 2008 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Before joining the United Nations, Le Roy was the Conseiller Maître à la Cour des comptes and served as Ambassador in charge of the Union for the Mediterranean Initiative since September 2007. Previously, he held several positions in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the French Ambassador to Madagascar, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Financial Affairs and National Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South-East Europe. He also acted as the European Union Special Representative in the Republic of Macedonia.

Earlier in his career, he was involved in the works of the United Nations in different capacities. He served as Deputy to the United Nations Special Coordinator for Sarajevo and Director of Operations for the restoration of essential public services, went on missions for the United Nations Development Programme in Mauritania and was appointed United Nations Regional Administrator in Kosovo (West Region).

He holds a degree in engineering from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris; a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies [Master of Advanced Studies] in economics from Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne University), an Agrégation d'économie et gestionand. He also has completed the program for senior managers in Government at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

During the 2008 Nord-Kivu campaign in DR Congo, Le Roy pushed for more troops in the region, stating that "With so much at stake, the international community simply cannot afford to let the Congo slide into the abyss, the time to act is, and indeed must be, now."[1]

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