Nicholas Kay

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Nicholas Kay
United Nations Special Representative for Somalia
Assumed office
3 June 2013
Appointed by Ban Ki-moon
Preceded by Augustine Mahiga
Africa Director at the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office
In office
United Kingdom Ambassador to Sudan
In office
United Kingdom Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo
In office
Personal details
Born 1958
Nationality British
Children 3
Residence Mogadishu, Somalia

Nicholas Kay (born 1958) is a British diplomat. As of 2013, he serves as the UN Special Representative for Somalia, working closely with the Somali government on local affairs.


Personal life[edit]

Kay was born in 1958.[1]

He is married, and has a son and two daughters.[1]

Early career[edit]

In a professional capacity, Kay served as the United Kingdom's Regional Coordinator for Southern Afghanistan and Head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team for Helmand Province from 2006 to 2007.[1]

He later acted as the British Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2007 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012, Kay was also the British Ambassador to Sudan.[1]

Additionally, Kay worked as the Africa Director at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2012 and 2013.[1]

UN Special Representative[edit]


On 29 April 2013, Kay was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the new UN Special Representative for Somalia. He officially replaced Augustine Mahiga at the position on 3 June 2013.[1]

Vote of confidence[edit]

In December 2013, following a parliamentary vote of confidence, Kay paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, noting that Shirdon had endeavoured to promote growth and progress and was an important principal in establishing the New Deal Compact between Somalia and its international partners. He also commended the legislators on adhering to procedural rules during the vote, and pledged to work constructively with the succeeding administration.[2] Following the appointment of Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as the new Premier, Kay congratulated Ahmed on his appointment and pledged to continue supporting the Federal Government's peace and state-building efforts.[3]

Somalia-UN cooperative agreement[edit]

On 26 February 2014, Kay and Somalia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdirahman Duale Beyle signed a bilateral agreement outlining the terms of future cooperation between the United Nations and the Somali federal government. According to Beyle, the pact came after extensive consultations between both parties. Along with attorneys, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attended the signing of the agreement, which he commended for helping to strengthen cooperation between the Somali authorities and the UN.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Secretary-General Appoints Nicholas Kay of United Kingdom as Special Representative for Somalia". United Nations. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "SOMALIA: Nicholas Kay paid tribute today to Somalia’s outgoing Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid". Raxanreeb. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Somalia: UN envoy welcomes appointment of new prime minister". UN News Center. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Somalia, UN sign agreement to strengthen co-operation". Sabahi. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.