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 (see below), 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.
Kenya at the UN: Engaging Constructively at the Apex of Multilateral Diplomacy
The Kenya Mission at the United Nations is one of the highly respected missions
in New York and plays a significant role in the promotion and implementation of
the United Nations mandate. The Kenyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Ambassador Macharia Kamau and his team of distinguished Kenyan officers play the
following critical roles at the United Nations:-
- President of the Bureau of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons
- Co-Chair of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
- Chair of the Bureau on the 11th Session of United Nations Forum on Forests
- Vice President of the General Assembly
- Vice President of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Board
- Members of the Working Group on the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute
and International Criminal Court.
- Chair of the Working Group on the Erection of the Permanent Memorial in Honour of
the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
- Member of the Steering Committee for the 2013 commemoration of the International
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
- Members of the Working Group on United Nations Commission on International Trade
- Members of the Council of the International Seabed Authority
- Co-authors of the Arms Trade Treaty
- President of South-South Cooperation 2011-2012
- Members of the Committee of Ten on the United Nations Reform
- Member of United Nations Security Council Reforms
- Co-facilitators of the New Partnership for Development (Nepad) Resolution 2011-2012
Kenya became a member of the United Nations on 16th December 2013 and has since
then served on the Security Council 1973-74 and 1997-98. Kenya is currently vying
to return to the UN Security Council for the term 2017-2018.