Kenyan activist Alice Wairimu Nderitu has been appointed as the United Nations (UN) Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
Nderitu now succeeds Senegalese Adama Dieng, whom UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep gratitude for “his dedicated leadership and achievements.”
In her new role, Nderitu will act as a catalyst to raise awareness of the causes and dynamics of genocide.
She will also alert relevant actors where there is a risk of genocide, as well as advocate and mobilise for appropriate action.
Nderitu, who holds a Masters of Armed Conflict and Peace Studies (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Philosophy (1990) from the University of Nairobi, has been vocal in matters peacebuilding and violence prevention.
A former National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Nderitu led as mediator and senior adviser in reconciliation processes among communities in Kenya, as well as in other African settings.
Her appointment comes at a time when Rwanda’s Felicien Kabuga who is accused of financing the 1994 Genocide is set to face a UN tribunal at the Hague today (Wednesday, November 11)