A Kenyan has been appointed as the new president of United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) Executive Board. According to a statement to the press from the Foreign Affairs ministry, Amb Macharia Kamau assumes his responsibilities with immediate effect to serve for one year.
Kamau, who boasts more than 25 years of experience, has been serving on the Unicef board on behalf of Kenya and the African Group for the last two years. He is the Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations, New York, USA.
Kamau succeeds Amb Jarmo Viinanen, the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York on behalf of the Western European Group, “Kamau has achieved tremendous success in many respects and he was able to oversee the implementation of key projects which saw alleviation of the suffering of many children in the continent of Africa, where most of his tour of duty was served,” the statement reads.
At the beginning of last year, Kamau was also elected as the co-chair of the Open Working Group charged with the mandate of designing Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs after the expected expiry of the Millennium Development Goals – MDGs in 2015. His co-chair is Amb Csaba Korosi, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Hungary to the United Nations, New York.
He was also elected by State Parties as the President of the Bureau of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is expected to serve in this capacity on behalf of Kenya and Africa until 2014.
The 2014 Unicef Executive Board comprises four vice-presidents from Bulgaria, Denmark, Haiti and Pakistan and 36 Bureau members, including eight African countries representatives from Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana and Zambia. During his tenure at the UN, Kamau was most significantly involved in the push for amendment of Rome statute that constitutes the International Criminal Court.