Ambassador Macharia Kamau has served as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since 2010 and previously in Nairobi (2009-2010). He is an accomplished diplomat and international relations practitioner with broad work experience in international development policy, environment and sustainable development, strategic planning and communications. He served for over 24 years in various senior level positions within the United Nations including senior country leadership and management roles in UNDP and UNICEF in various countries in Africa, the Caribbean and New York.
He has also held key special assignments at the UN including as President of UNICEF Board (2014), President of UN Forests Forum (2011-2012), Co- Chair of Ad hoc Working Group on Forest Financing (2010-2011), Vice President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, Co-Chair of Open Working Group on SDGs (2012-2014) and as co-facilitator of the post 2015 Development Agenda (2014-2015) among others. Most recently, he served as Chair of the Peace Building Commission (2016) and Special Envoy of the Secretary General on El Niño and Climate (2016).
Amb. Kamau currently serves as the Vice Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission and the Special Envoy of the President of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Implementation.
Amb Kamau holds postgraduate qualifications from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts with specializations in Macro-economic policy management and in social policy and planning.