Babacar Gaye (born 31 January 1951 in Saint Louis, Senegal) is a Senegalese Army General who was the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) until his forced resignation following repeated reports of murder and sexual abuse by soldiers, including the rape a 12 year old girl and the sexual exploitation of hungry children as young as 8 who were forced to perform terrible sex acts for food, under his command. He was found to have specifically “abused their authority” by an independent panel. Prior to this appointment of 16 July 2014, he was the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office for the Central African Republic (BINUCA).
In August 2015, forced to resign by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for ignoring reports of child sexual abuse including forced bestiality and rape by the UN peacekeepers under his command. Found to have specifically "abused his authority" by an independent panel.
In August 2010, he was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the Military Advisor for Peacekeeping Operations in New York UN Headquarters replacing Nigeria’s Lieutenant General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor.
In 2005, The Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, appointed Lieutenant-General Babacar Gaye (Senegal) as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC). He replaced Major-General Samaila Iliya (Nigeria) and was the third Force Commander of MONUC and the second commander from Senegal after General Mountaga Diallo. In 2010 he was succeeded by India's Chander Prakash.
In January 2004, he was assigned as Ambassador of Senegal in Germany by president Abdoulaye Wade.
Babacar Gaye was promoted to the rank of Brigade General in 2000, when he became Chef d'état-major général des armées (Chief of the Defence Staff) from May 2000 to August 2003 and to Divisional General (equivalent to Major General) in 2002.
Prior to this position, he led an extensive and distinguished military career, having served, among others, as Chief of Military Region from November 1997 to May 2000.
From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Director of the Senegalese foreign intelligence agency.
In 1991, he served as commander of the Senegalese contingent in the Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia based in Dhahran.
He also served as the Commander of the Senegalese contingent in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from August 1979 to March 1980. From July 1974 to February 1975, he served in the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF).
Babacar Gaye studied at the military academy École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, where he enrolled in 1970 and graduated in 1972.
Lieutenant-General Gaye attended military courses at prestigious war colleges and military schools in France and Belgium.
He joined the École Supérieure de Guerre in Paris in 1986 and graduated in 1988.
General Gaye is the son of former Secretary General of the OIC and Foreign Minister of Senegal Amadou Karim Gaye. He is married with two children.