John Murton

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John Murton (born 1972) is a British diplomat. He is currently the UK's COP26 Envoy[1] and responsible for coordinating UK diplomacy in relation to COP26. Prior to this, he served in Kinshasa as British Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was also non-resident British Ambassador to the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.[2] He was previously the UK's Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN HABITAT as well as Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya.[3] Between 2010 and 2013 he was head of the FCO's East Asia and Pacific Department and the UK's senior official at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Between 2007 and 2010 he was British High Commissioner to Mauritius and non-resident Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros. He joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1997[4] and served in London and Tokyo before being seconded to the Office of the Secretary General of NATO in Brussels between 2004 and 2007.[4] He was appointed to his current post in 2019. He is married with five children.[4]

Born in 1972 and educated at Courtmoor and Cowbridge Comprehensive Schools, he read Geography at Sidney Sussex College of the University of Cambridge and then took a PhD at Darwin College of the same university. His PhD thesis, 'Coping With More People', studied the social and economic impacts of population growth in Machakos and Kitui Districts in Kenya and won the Audrey Richards Prize for best British African Studies thesis in 1997.[5]


  1. ^ "John Murton biography". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  2. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Congo: Dr John Murton". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  3. ^ "UNEP list of Representatives" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b c Appointment of new High Commissioner
  5. ^ African Studies Association of the UK

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