Minister for Foreign Affairs

Alexander Downer


23 December 1997



I have today announced the appointment of Mr Philip Green as Australian High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya with non-resident accreditation to Ethiopia. Mr Green will also be Australia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the principal environmental body in the United Nations. Mr Green will replace Mr John Trotter, who has been High Commissioner since January 1996.

Australia has close and long-standing relations with Kenya, characterised by our cooperation with the Commonwealth and by Australia's ongoing development assistance to Kenya and the Horn of Africa as a whole. Australia also has a cordial relationship with Ethiopia, including through long running Australian assistance to Ethiopia's food security programs.

As a reflection of ongoing ties with the region, Australian Parliamentary delegations visited Ethiopia and Kenya in 1996 and a Kenyan Parliamentary delegation made a return visit in March 1997.

Australia attaches importance to the role UNEP can play in advancing implementation of environment programs within the United Nations and in promoting better environmental knowledge and practices world-wide.

Philip Green is a career foreign service officer. Since joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1984, he has worked on African affairs, international law, intelligence and staffing policy. He spent time in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 1990 and 1991, working on Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He has most recently worked on South East Asian affairs and currently heads the Department's Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Section. He has served in Australian missions in Tanzania, where he learnt Swahili, and the United Kingdom.

Mr Green was educated at the University of Sydney and earned the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Hons). He is married with three children.

Mr Green is expected to take up his appointment in January 1998.