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ENewsletter VOL 1/ ISSUE 3/ 2013 : Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Koki Muli Grignon

The United Nations Headquarters in New York is the busiest and the most exciting environment I have worked in yet. There are 193 countries and over thirty (30) Missions with observer status represented here. It is truly a beehive of activity. The Kenya mission to the United Nations is rated as one of the key and significant missions represented here. Kenya enjoys a high and respected profile. As you read this e-newsletter you will realize why.

I have been here for 5 months, having reported at the start of February, 2013. During these short months, I have had the privilege to work with one of the few best teams I have ever worked with in my entire professional life. The team is highly skilled, professional, versatile and highly respected here. This team would not be what it is without the skilled, strategic, very patriotic and brilliant leadership and guidance of our Permanent Representative, Ambassador Macharia Kamau. Both the Permanent Representative and his team fully embraced me from the start of my tour of duty here and made me feel quite at home.

Ambassador Kamau fully embraced and took me into his wings and allowed me to learn from his vast experience and continues to provide all of us the guidance we need to perform at optimum. He has “unleashed me to the United Nations fully loaded.” I have grown in confidence to become a skilled diplomat and I feel fully engaged on crucial issues at play at the United Nations. As a result of Ambassador Kamau’s skilled delegation, I have taken on vital functions on behalf of our President, Government and our country. The staff and officers of the mission have made my work at the mission of great value addition and as a result of their unflinching support, I am humbled to state that I continue to make my contribution to the great work we are all doing at the United Nations. All these have been made possible by the unwavering support and guidance we get from Capital. This support has made us focus all our attention and commitment to the job at hand. This is a great feeling.

It is incredible that this e-newsletter contains only the key engagements that the mission had between January and March 2013. The E-newsletter does not contain the many statements that we have made to the General Assembly, Security Council, ECOSOC and to Programmes and Funds of the United Nations. It also does not contain the many statements and interventions we have made to the African Group and the Group of 77 and China (G77 & China); or even to Non-aligned movement (NAM), to which Kenya is also a member.

On average the Mission (Permanent Representative, Deputy permanent Representative and Officers) individually attend and participate in atleast 3 separate breakfast meetings, 4 lunches, 4 dinners and numerous receptions each week. In many of these events the PR, DPR and sometimes the Officers make interventions and statements. These are not included in this E-newsletter. The team also participates in negotiations, conferences and meetings related to our work here, which are not included here. This is indeed a very busy, challenging but deeply rewarding station/posting and I am truly grateful for having been posted here.

This being the inaugural E-newsletter (Vol. 1 No. 1 of 2013), it includes background information and a brief introduction to the United Nations. We could not resist also including the former President’s, President Mwai Kibaki’s farewell and final General Assembly visit as president of the Republic of Kenya. We have also included facts on Kenya and panoramic view of the mission’s staff in pictures. In this issue we have articles relating to the key leadership positions undertaken by the PR and Kenya in the United Nations, please see our table of contents for a snapshot of the articles.

I would like to thank Amb Kamau, all the staff and officers of all the six committees, for individually writing up and contributing to this inaugural e-newsletter. My special thanks and appreciation go to Habiba Seby, Robert Osano and Roselyn Bisonga for taking off with the idea of this e-newsletter. I especially reserve tremendous gratitude for Habiba Seby who has done a superb job of compiling, editing and even rewriting some of the articles. I also wish to thank Amb. Macharia Kamau for his written contribution and for the final edits of the E-newsletter. Without all of you, this e-newsletter would not have been possible. The photographs on these pages truly “speak” in place of “a thousand words” and I particularly would like to thank our official photographer, Robert Osano. I also would like to thank Col. Aphaxard Kiugu, James Waweru and Habiba Seby for the photographs they shared for this e-newsletter. This being the inaugural issue, it provides us with valuable lessons for future issues of the e-newsletter; as we say here; the Kenya UN E-newsletter is now on course as, “Work in progress.” I hope you enjoy reading this e-newsletter as much as we did preparing it!

H. E. Ambassador Koki Muli Grignon
Deputy Permanent Representative, Kenya Mission to the United Nations – New York


To be a leader in pursuit of Kenya’s interests within the multilateral framework of the United Nations.


To project, promote and protect the interests and values of the Kenyan people through effective diplomatic engagement.

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