Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva and
other international organizations in Switzerland François Rivasseau has been appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva and international organizations in Switzerland from September 2018.
He was, since 2015, Special Envoy for Space and Head of the Security Policy Division at the European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2011 to 2015, François Rivasseau was Deputy Head of Mission at the Delegation of the European to the United States where he notably followed the space issues and cooperation. He was previously Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of France to the United States from 2007 to 2011. The Ambassador Rivasseau was also Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2003 to 2006.
The Ambassador has held several positions within the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
He was notably Deputy Director (1998-2000) and then spokesperson, Director of press and communication (2000-2003) and also Assistant Director for Political Affairs at the United Nations Directorate and other international organizations (1993 – 1995).
François Rivasseau was also, in his personal capacity, chosen by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a member of the United Nations Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Advisory Council and appointed administrator of the United Nations Institute for Research on disarmament (UNIDIR) from 2009 to 2014.
François Rivasseau is graduated from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Bordeaux and a Doctor of Law from the University of Bordeaux. He is also a former student of the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). François Rivasseau is a "Senior Fellow" of CSIS and teaches international relations at the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux (Prep’ENA). The Ambassador is Knight of the Legion of Honor (Légion d’honneur), Officer of the French Order of Merit and Knight of the German Order of Merit (2nd degree).