“Current and Future Challenges of UN Peacekeeping”, a Conversation with Hervé Ladsous

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•01•13    17:30 - 18:30

    On 13 January 2015, UNU will host “Current and Future Challenges of UN Peacekeeping”, a conversation with Mr. Hervé Ladsous, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. This event will start at 5:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. Please note that this event will begin one hour earlier than previous UNU Conversations.

    This past October, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, with the aim to undertake a “comprehensive assessment of the state of United Nations peace operations today and the emerging needs of the future”. This panel, which will carry out the first in-depth review of UN peace operations since 2000, is all the more timely as the strategic environment for UN peace operations has significantly changed over the past decade and a half.

    Against this background, Mr. Ladsous will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation examining the current and future challenges for UN peacekeeping, including the ten-fold increase in deployed peacekeeping personnel since 2000, new responsibilities with respect to the protection of civilians, and the tendency of the Security Council to deploy peacekeeping operations to situations with no peace to keep and to equip them with mandates allowing for the use of force. The conversation will also address the changing nature of world violence, which includes the spread of violent Islamist extremism, increasing internationalization of civil wars, and growth in organized crime.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 12 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the registration page.

    About the speaker

    Mr. Hervé Ladsous has been Under-Secretary-General and Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations since October 2011.

    He has held an extensive number of positions in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs since he joined in 1971. As a junior diplomat he was posted to Hong Kong, Canberra, Beijing, and the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Having served as Deputy-Director General of the Department for the Americas he was appointed Chargé d’affaires ad interim in Haiti. He then became Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

    Mr. Ladsous served as the French Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe 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. More recently, Mr Ladsous served as Ambassador of France to the People’s Republic of China, and as Chief of Staff (Directeur de Cabinet) for the French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.

    Mr. Ladsous holds a Degree in Law and a Diploma in Chinese and Malay Indonesian from the National School of Oriental Studies in France. He is married and has three children.


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