UK’s UN Security Council Ambassador Peter Wilson arrives in Kenya

Peter Wilson
The UK Ambassador on the UN Security Council, Peter Wilson

The UK Ambassador on the UN Security Council, Peter Wilson, has arrived in Kenya for talks with Kenya on Somalia, Burundi and South Sudan.

The Ambassador’s role is to represent the UK within an international organisation, engaging with every other country or organisation that belongs to or observes the body.

He is also responsible for the direction and work of the Mission. Ambassadors to multilateral missions are often referred to as ‘Permanent Representatives’.

He was greeted via Twitter by the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey.

Before joining the UK Mission to the UN as Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Peter Wilson served as Asia Pacific Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London where he covered North and South East Asia, and Australasia from November 2010. He also served as Director of Strategy for the FCO in 2010.

Ambassador Wilson’s postings have included service at the British Embassy in Beijing, China where he was Political Counsellor from 2007 to 2010 and Second Secretary, Commercial from 1995 to 1998. He has also been posted as Political Counsellor in Islamabad (2005 to 2006) and ran the European Parliament Team at the UK Representation to the European Union in Brussels from 1999 to 2002.

Ambassador Wilson was a member of the British Trade Commissioner Leon Brittan’s Cabinet in 1999. He was Head of the Strategic Policy Team for the FCO in London (2003 to 2005) and served as an Assistant Desk Officer, European Institutions at the FCO from 1992 to 1993.

He is fluent in Mandarin and French, and speaks some Portuguese, has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s in Modern History from Oxford University.

Ambassador Wilson is married to Mónica Roma Wilson. They met during their time working for the UK and Portuguese Governments respectively, at the EU in Brussels. Mónica is a lawyer, specialising in international law. They have three children.