Ambassador James Kariuki assumed the role of Deputy Permanent Representative to the UK Mission to the UN, New York in August 2021. He previously served as Multilateral Policy Director at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office from 2018 to 2021 where he was responsible for policy towards the UN and multilateral system, human rights and sanctions. Prior to that, he was Director of Diplomacy 20:20, the FCO’s change programme, from 2016 to 2018.
Previously James spent four years as Counsellor at, British Embassy, in Washington, where he led UK government work across the US on politics, communications, economics and global issues. Between 2007 and 2012 he held a number of Senior Civil Service roles in London: Head of Policy Planning and Deputy Director, Europe, both FCO; and Deputy Director at the National Economic Council Secretariat (Cabinet Office) during the financial crisis. His previous overseas postings were to the UK Mission to the UN in New York, the British Embassy in Caracas, and on secondment to the UN Weapons Inspection team in Baghdad.
The Deputy Permanent Representative is a senior diplomat with the rank of Ambassador, acting as an alternate to the Permanent Representative across the full range of UN business. This includes representing the UK in the Security Council and Economic and Social Council, and working on issues such as security and conflict, human rights, sustainable development and climate change. The DPR is also responsible for the daily management of the Mission.
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