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ENewsletter VOL 1/ ISSUE 3/ 2014: Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

This newsletter reflects a very interesting time, of intense activity, broad consultation and great output of work for the Kenya Mission to the United Nations. As has become the norm, we at the mission have found ourselves inundated with work that cuts across various activities of United Nations, as well as matters of national importance and direction.

ENewsletter VOL 1/ ISSUE 3/ 2014: Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Koki Muli Grignon

This Third Issue of our E-Newsletter covers the period, January to March 2014; albeit the highlights only. 2014 begun with a bang. The first day of work was also, the opening day of a weeklong session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where our PR, Amb. Macharia Kamau and the PR of the Republic of Hungary are Co-chairs of an intergovernmental process designing SDGs.

Kenya’s Voice at the United Nations - 50 Years

Official Portrait of President Uhuru Kenyatta
“Kenya’s Voice at the United Nations- 50 Years” was recently presented to the Kenya Mission by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library team. Their site repackages all speeches given by the Presidents, Vice Presidents, the Prime Ministers and  Foreign Affairs Ministers at the United Nations  General Assembly.  Selected speeches delivered at the Security Council are included. Here are but a few highlights.

Mission Staff

Through diplomacy, negotiation, lobbying and daily monitoring of UN activities, the Mission’s main objective is to advance Kenya’s interests at the United Nations in critical areas namely: political, economic and social as well as legal, military, public diplomacy and management interests.

H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

The last two and a half years at the Kenya mission to the United Nations have been exceptional exciting and highly rewarding. The nature of the work at the Kenya mission to the United Nations is not only highly varied and fast moving but exceptionally important. These remarks from the Permanent Representative outlines several critical and internationally important areas of action that the Kenya mission to the United Nations has engaged in over the past 24 to 32 months.

The United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

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 Mission to the United Nations New York

The Kenya Mission to the United Nations serves as the Kenya delegation to the United Nations. Through diplomacy, negotiation, lobbying and daily monitoring of UN activities, the Mission’s main objective is to advance Kenya’s interests at the United Nations in critical areas namely: political, economic and social as well as legal, military, public diplomacy and management interests.

Third Committee Work

The Third Committee deals with the following thematic areas: Human Rights, Social Issues (such as Poverty, the Youth, Children, Gender, Persons with Disabilities, Refugees) and Humanitarian Affairs. All these themes are important to Kenya as evidenced by their inclusion in Kenya’s Constitution. The Third Committee Team continues to champion issues within these thematic areas through engagement in interactive debates, negotiations of resolutions and actively participating in events organized to advance these interests.

International Peace and Security; Peace Keeping Affairs

Kenya through 1st and 4th committees of UNGA continues to contribute Military, Police and Corrections personnel to UN and AU Peace keeping Operations (PKOs) with most of them being in Africa. Today, Kenya has peacekeepers in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In New York, Kenya is fully seized to all matters of peacekeeping through collaboration with the UN Department of Peacekeeping and Department of Field Support and the UN Security Council Working Group on PKOs and through Kenya’s membership to the Special Committee on Peace keeping Operations (C34)
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