UN picks Kenyan diplomat to head its office to AU

20:12, August 19, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an veteran Kenyan diplomat as the first Head of the UN Office to the African Union (AU) which was set up earlier this year to strengthen links between the two organizations.

The UN said its news release received on Thursday that Zachary Muburi-Muita is tasked with building stronger UN ties with the AU and sub-regional organizations as well, according to information released by the UN spokesperson.

Muburi-Thuita who has served as Kenya's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York since 2006, has worked in diplomatic, political, civil-military and managerial roles for his country since 1982.

His diplomatic resume includes involvement in various initiatives related to the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).

In January Muburi-Thuita was also elected President of the UN High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation, which is charged with helping to boost economic development among the world's poorest nations. The new UN Office to the AU, set up by the General Assembly on July 1, will be based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where the AU has its headquarters.

Source:Xinhua

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