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. The Mission covers a wide range of the
Ministry’s Foreign Policy objectives, from peaceful resolution of disputes to protecting
the environment as well as promoting sustainable development. The Mission externalizes
Kenya domestic policies in a wide range of thematic issues and areas of interests
to the country.
The Mission conducts multilateral and bilateral relations with representatives of
the 193 UN Member States, over 30 Observer Missions, many Non-Governmental Organizations
with observer status and the United Nations Secretariat, which serves member states.
It also works with UN Funds and Programmes such as UN children’s fund (UNICEF),
the UN Developmental Programme (UNDP), the UN Gender Entity on Women (UN Women),
and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) amongst others.
The Kenya Mission implements the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
from which it implements specific multi-lateral mandate based on an annual performance
contract it signs with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). This means that the
Mission in New York promotes the same Mission, Vision and Core Values as contained
in the MFA’s current Strategic Plan and its Service Charter, although, the service
charter is adapted to the specific roles and functions of the Mission and its circumstances.
This year, 2013, Kenya is celebrating its 50 years of independence and 50 years
anniversary as a member State of the United Nations; Kenya became a member of United
Nations (UN) on 16th December 1963 and has since played a pivotal role in shaping
international multilateral diplomacy here in New York.
Kenya is actively represented in all the six committees of the UN, ensuring
that our national interests and views are taken into account in all areas, levels
and circumstances. Other areas of focus include the reforms of the Security Council,
improvement in the UN finances and strengthening of the UN capacity to deal with
economic and social issues, peacekeeping and peace-building and conflict prevention
amongst others. Kenya has been in the forefront of efforts to develop practical
proposals for reforms of the Security Council, ECOSOC and the UN in general to make
the institutions more responsive and strong to deal with modern challenges.