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
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!