Kenya’s Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has been appointed as a United Nations advisor for local and regional governments. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, made the appointment to strengthen the involvement of local and regional governments in intergovernmental planning. Nyong’o will be part of an advisory group responsible for providing guidance to the UN Secretary-General on matters related to the engagement and actions of local and regional governments.
The advisory group’s focus will include informing Member States’ decision-making on recovery measures from various crises and the implementation of international agreements, such as those on sustainable development, gender equality, social inclusion, climate action, the new urban agenda, and human rights.
Governor Nyong’o expressed his gratitude for the appointment and pledged to do his best in advancing the goals and objectives of the UN as a member of the advisory group. In addition to this role, Governor Nyong’o also holds positions as the Vice President for East Africa in the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) and serves on the Presidency of UCLG Africa and the Executive of UCLG World.