Former governor general Michaëlle Jean laughs in the newly renovated greenhouses in Rideau Hall on Sept. 28. ((Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press))

Canada's former governor general Michaëlle Jean is set to begin her new duties with the United Nations.

Jean will be officially named UNESCO's Special Envoy to Haiti at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.

She is recognized by the international organization for her dedication to the reconstruction of the country following the earthquake last January.

Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1957.

She served as Governor General of Canada from September 2005 to September 2010.

The former journalist plans to use her four-year term as special envoy to promote improvements in education, culture, science and media.