Kenya’s Nderitu Appointed to Senior UN Post

Former Commissioner at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Alice Wairimu Nderitu has been appointed as the United Nations Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide.

Nderitu will be taking over from Adama Dieng of Senegal who has been serving as Acting Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

Making the announcement on Tuesday, November 10, UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Nderitu for her work in peacebuilding and violence prevention across Africa.

“Ms. Nderitu has been a recognized voice in the field of peace building and violence prevention, having led as mediator and senior adviser in reconciliation processes among communities in her country, Kenya, as well as in other African settings,” reads statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Nderitu served as Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission between 2009-2013.

She is a Founding member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace, a prevention agency linking early warning to early response in Kenya.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo/Courtesy

Nderitu also founded Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism, a network of African women professionals preventing, transforming and solving violent, ethnic, racial and religious conflicts worldwide.

She is currently serving as a member of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all Forms of Discrimination, the African Union’s Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (Fem-Wise), and the Women Waging Peace Network.

Nderitu has also served as the Director, Education for Social Justice at Fahamu (2007-2009), Head of Human Rights Education and Capacity-Building Programme for the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and its predecessor body the Standing Committee on Human Rights (1999-2007).

She has also worked as a Researcher and Administrator at Kenya Prisons Services and Ministry of Home Affairs (1992-1999).

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