Hervé Ladsous

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Hervé Ladsous
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Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Assumed office
2 September 2011
Appointed by Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Alain Le Roy
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 67–68)
Nationality French

Hervé Ladsous (born 1950) served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations from 2 September 2011 to 31 March 2017, following Alain Le Roy. Mr. Ladsous was succeeded by Jean-Pierre Lacroix (French diplomat).

Ladsous has a degree in law and a diploma in Chinese and Indonesian Malay from the National School of Oriental Studies in Paris.

In 1971 he joined the Foreign Ministry of France and was stationed in Hong Kong, Canberra, Beijing, and Geneva. He also acted as Deputy-Director General of the Department for the Americas and served in Haiti as ad interim Chargé d'affaires. Afterwards, he was appointed as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York City.

Ladsous's posts in France’s Foreign Service include Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, ambassador to China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry and Director General for Asia and Oceania, as well as Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.

Ladsous is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation (chaired by FW de Klerk) that works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law.

He is married and has three children.