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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – Ambassador Martin Kimani has ended his term at the influential diplomatic post in New York after serving more than three years as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN).

Ambassador Kimani on Monday confirmed that he had completed his national service and thanked former President Uhuru Kenyatta and incumbent William Ruto for agreeing to represent Kenya at the UN.

In his parting shot, Ambassador Kimani, who assumed the position in December 2020, said he was proud to serve Kenya in various capacities.

“Today (Monday) I end my term as Permanent Representative of Kenya after 1,257 days. I was honored by the appointment and retention of HE Uhuru Kenyatta by William Ruto. “I am proud to have served Kenyans for 12 years in the areas of diplomacy, counter-terrorism, regional security and mediation,” he said.

Amb Kimani will be succeeded by Ambassador Erastus Lokaale.

Ambassador Kimani’s final assignment was to provide support to Kenya for Palestine’s bid to become a full member of the United Nations.

During the session, Amb Kimani told the Assembly that Kenya fully supports the Palestinian right to self-determination and urged the Security Council to reconsider the application as soon as possible.

“We (Kenya) cannot deny others who legitimately seek self-determination any more than we can deny our being as a nation,” Ambassador Kimani said during the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly in New York.

“The Palestinian people strive to ensure that all facets of their governance are sovereign and peaceful, and reflected in a state that embraces the obligations of full membership, as required by Article 4 of the UN Charter.”

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Career diplomat

During his time at the UN, Amb Kimani represented Kenya on the Security Council, serving as President in October 2021, and chaired the Executive Council of the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN office for projects. Services (UNOPS).

Before his assignment to lead the mission in New York, Amb Kimani held the position of Kenya’s Director of the National Counter Terrorism Center.

Kimani also led peace efforts in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo and supported a successful initiative to accelerate the integration of the East African Community.

He also served as Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat).

As Director of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism, he led cross-border conflict prevention and resolution efforts in the Horn of Africa.

On March 18, Ambassador Kimani was appointed Executive Director of the Center on International Cooperation (CIC), a leading New York-based think tank on multilateralism, effective June 3, 2024.

CIC is a nonprofit arts and sciences research center at New York University (NYU) that advocates international cooperation to prevent crises and promote peace, justice and inclusivity.

Amb Kimani is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

He holds a PhD in war studies from King’s College London.

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