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Amb. Kamau appointed to highly lucrative UN job

His task will be to help raise Sh180 Billion

[FILE] Ambassador Macharia Kamau. Credit: IDLO

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador Macharia Kamau as a member of the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

The Secretary General made the official announcement on Thursday, August 25. Amb. Kamau is set to join nine other eminent individuals for a term of two years.

According to the UN, candidates are often nominated by Member States. The team of ten will have an uphill task during their tenure. They aim to invest $1.5 billion (Sh180 Billion) over a five-year period in peacebuilding.

The Fund is the Organization’s financial instrument of first resort to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk or affected by violent conflict.

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Conflict and political turbulence around the globe illustrate that peacebuilding cannot be put on hold while the world grapples with the pandemic,” read a statement on the organisations’ website.

The organisation further revealed that the ten newly appointed members will be mandated to handle challenges currently facing Member States such as conflicts among others.

“Violent conflicts are on the rise, fragilities are growing due to the ongoing health and financial effects of COVID-19, and other risks, including a global food security crisis, have expanded,” read the statement in part.

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Following the announcement, Sec-Gen Guterres expressed his gratitude to the previous members who ended their tenure in March 2022.

  1. Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Chairperson, National Peace Council, Ghana; 
  2. Jingye Cheng, Ambassador (ret.), China; 
  3. Kjersti Dale, Director, International Development CARE, Norway; 
  4. Mohamed Edrees, Ambassador (ret.), Egypt; 
  5. Lise Filiatrault, Ambassador (ret.), Canada; 
  6. Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary, Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya; 
  7. Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom; 
  8. Stéphane Rey, Ambassador-designate of Switzerland to Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi, Switzerland; 
  9. Marriët Schuurman, Director, Stability and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands; 
  10. Almut Wieland-Karimi, Executive Director, Center for International Peace Operations, Germany. 

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