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President Kenyatta tips Kenyan for top UN job

29 January 2016, 09:46 Arap Yego

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has submitted the name of Macharia Kamau to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General for consideration in a high profile UN job, Statehouse Spokesman Manoah Esipisu has said.

“The Head of State proposed Ambassador Kamau, the permanent representative of Kenya to the UN in New York, for the position of Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP),” said Esipisu in statement sent to newsrooms.

The two-year tenure of Achim Steiner, who currently holds the post is expected to end mid this year.

UNEP is the only UN body that has its headquarters in Africa. It is based in Nairobi.

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If Kamau clinches the high profile position, he will be the second Kenyan to secure a top UN Job after Dr Mukhisa Kituyi. The former cabinet minister was named the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD’s) on September 1, 2013.

The 58-year-old diplomat tipped for the top job has a vast experience at the United Nations where he served for over 25 years mostly in senior management positions at the UNDP, UNICEF and UNTAG.

Kamau holds degrees in history, economics and education from Wooster College in Ohio and Harvard University.

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