STATEMENT BY H.E. UHURU KENYATTA, CGH, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE KENYA DEFENSE FORCES ON THE NOMINATION OF HON. DR. AMINA C. MOHAMED AS THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION (AUC)
In 2013, I appointed Ambassador Amina C. Mohamed, my Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Since then, Ambassador Mohamed has steered our diplomatic engagement to greater heights. We have benefitted tremendously from regional and international engagements of national and continental significance.
Today, in recognition of our obligation and commitment to support the African agenda, I am proud to offer Dr. Amina Mohamed for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), a position currently held by Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa. In this regard, my administration submitted the candidature of Ambassador Amina Mohamed for consideration at the African Union Summit in January 2017.
Dr. Amina Mohamed brings extraordinary experience and distinguished service at the national and international levels.
Among the most significant recent achievements include being the first woman to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya. She was elected President of UNCTAD 14 for the next 4 years, was the Chairperson of the historic WTO 10th Ministerial Conference which is the top decision-making body of the WTO, and Co-Chairperson of the Ministerial segment of the first ever TICAD Summit held on our continent.
Ambassador Mohamed is the first woman to have chaired the three most important bodies of the World Trade Organization; the Trade Policy Body, the Dispute Settlement Body and the Governing General Council of the WTO. She was President of the Conference on Disarmament, and the first African and the first female Chairperson of the Council of the International Organisation for Migration. In addition, she served as a member of the Executive Bodies and Committees of the World Health Organisation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Intellectual Property Organisation and the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS. Cumulatively, these assignments have earned Kenya and Ambassador Mohamed international acclaim and respect.
In 2008-2011 at the height of our country’s legal, institutional and constitutional review process, Ambassador Amina was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, the Ministry charged with the responsibility of the Constitutional Review and implementation process. She Chaired the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector reforms (GJLOS) a sector-wide cross-institutional programme which carried out broad reforms at a time of great change in this country.
In 2010, Ambassador Mohamed was elected President of the United Nations International Conference on Transnational Crime in Vienna, Austria for a two year period. In 2011, she was appointed by the UN Secretary General as United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). During her tenure UNEP was upgraded from a 58 member Governing Body to the Universal Environment Assembly, encompassing all members of the United Nations.
Given her track record, I am confident that Dr. Amina Mohamed will serve our Continent with the requisite professionalism, intellect, skill, integrity, passion and commitment. I have no doubt that her international experience and exposure will be an invaluable asset in driving African Commission in the achievement of Africa`s immense potential.