Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade at Government, Kenya

Amb. Macharia Kamau, CBS, was appointed as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2018. He is a career diplomat with rich experience. Before the appointment, he had served as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since 2010. As Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Kamau was instrumental in developing the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as Co-Chair and Co-Facilitator respectively. He also served as Chair of the Peace Building Commission, President of the UNICEF Board, President of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and President of the United Nations Forest Forum, among other responsibilities. He served for 16 Years in Senior Country Leadership and Management at UNDP and UNICEF; 7 Years as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative (Botswana and Rwanda); 6 Years as the United Nations Children Fund Representative (Eastern Caribbean and South Africa); 3 Years as the Chief, UN and External Relations, Office of Executive Director, UNICEF HQ, New York among others. Amb. Kamau also served as Special Envoy of the President of the General Assembly on Climate Change and UN Secretary General on El Niño and Climate.

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