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Kenyan envoy elected president of Key United Nations committee

Updated Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 at 00:00 GMT +3

By BMJ Muriithi in New York

Kenyaâs ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Zachary Muburi-Muita, has been elected president of United Nations high-level South-South Co-operation for two years.

The South-South Co-operation committee is the governing body charged with the responsibility of overseeing intergovernmental policy making procedures. It meets biennially and its decisions are endorsed by the UN General Assembly.

The prestigious committee is a United Nations Environment Programme initiative promoted as an essential crosscutting mechanism designed to enhance the ability to deliver capacity building and technology in developing countries and regions of the South.

In a Press statement from the United Nations headquarters in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Mr Muburi-Muitaâs appointment is an indication of the confidence the UN member states have in Kenya.

And speaking to The Standard from his New York office, an elated Muburi-Muita said he felt greatly honoured.

"It is a daunting task but I am happy to say I will give it my best shot as I know what the South-South Co-operation means to developing countries like Kenya," said the ambassador.

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