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Siddharth Chatterjee
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Siddharth Chatterjee, is the Representative of UNFPA(United Nations Population Fund) to Kenya. His twitter handle is: @sidchat1. He was the Chief Diplomat at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC) before coming to UNFPA.

Most of his career has been spent serving in countries affected by conflicts and natural disasters. He has seen firsthand compelling human tragedies and triumphs.

Before joining the IFRC, he had served with the United Nations in Peace Keeping, UNICEF and UNOPS since January 1997. He has lived and worked in the US, Denmark, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan, Somalia, Kenya, Sudan(Darfur), Indonesia, South Sudan, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

In South Sudan, he negotiated the release and demobilized 3551 child soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army. This demobilization of child soldiers was attempted during an ongoing conflict in 2001.

He is a graduate in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs in Princeton University, USA.

Prior to joining the UN in January 1997, he had served in the Indian Army in a Special Forces unit. He was decorated for gallantry during active service.

He tries to keep the spotlight on things that adversely effect humanity through his editorials and opinion pieces. He writes on issues spanning polio eradication, food security, child soldiers, sexual and gender based violence, water and sanitation, public health and human development. His articles have featured in the Huffington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Forbes, Reuters, the Global Observatory as well as mainstream Indian journals like the Times of India, the Hindu and the First Post.

All his articles can be found in his blog site.

He has been interviewed by the Inter Press Service, NPR, VOA, Global Observatory and UNICEF Radio. A full list of his press mentions and interviews are here.

He has been a keynote speaker at a TED x event in Spain and at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.

A husband and a dad, he dotes on his son. He also enjoys running, parachuting, biking, SCUBA diving, poetry, current affairs and English literature.

Entries by Siddharth Chatterjee

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 10:44 PM

2015-11-09-1447040449-9944772-ED.FL.jpg The First Lady of Kenya Ms Margaret Kenyatta accompanied by the Governor of Mandera County Mr Ali Roba & UNFPA's Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin at the Beyond Zero event in Mandera. 06 Nov 2015. Mandera/PC: @undpkenya

This article has been co-authored with...

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Transforming Mandera County's Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Photo Credit; @islamicrelief

For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.

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Kenya Cannot Rise If Its Women Are Left Behind

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 9:07 AM

This piece has been co-authored with Ms Zebib Kavuma.

Foreign Affairs and Trade, Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed greets the Emir of Kuwait Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah as President Kenyatta looks on. (Photo:PSCU)

Consider this. A young girl called Amina Mohamed who...

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Ending Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya-The Private Sector Can Help

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:49 AM


The co-authors, Dr Nicholas Muraguri and Siddharth Chatterjee along with Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas the UNRC, present a communiqué signed by Kenya's county Governors to end maternal and child deaths to the First Lady of Kenya, Ms Margaret Kenyatta.Photo Credit: @unfpaken

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With Kenya's Youth, The Future Is Here: Invest to Reap Demographic Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Photo Credit: Adapted from "Promulgation," courtesy of flickr user ActionPixs (Maruko)

Co-authored with Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbai, DG NCPD.

Kenya, is at the cusp of a "demographic dividend," which could transmute Kenya's fortunes in the first half of the 21st century --...

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Countering Violent Extremism -- Put Youth at the Center of the Narrative

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:45 AM


Kenya Red Cross Youth Volunteers Help With Cleaning in the Mathare Slums. Photo Credit: @kenyaredcross

Kenya is preparing to host a summit to counter violent extremism in June 2015. A timely and vital initiative by a country reeling from tragic terror attacks.

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Sexual Violence in South Sudan -- A Tactic of War

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:33 PM

South Sudanese women undergoing psycho-social counselling at Kakuma Refugee Camp: Photo Credit: @sidchat1 @UNFPAKEN

Dark rain clouds hung ominously like the 'Sword of the Damocles' over the Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya, when we arrived there on April 17, 2015.


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From Sweden, India to Kenya Men Must Take a Stand to Protect Women: #HeForShe

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 10:00 AM

The co-authors of this article: L to R: Mr Linus Kaikai, Mr Bob Collymore, Ambassador Johan Borgstam, Mr Siddharth Chatterjee hold up the #HeForShe placard.

In 2014, during rush hour, a woman was at a crowded bus stop in...

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Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 8:05 PM


"Childbirth should be a joyous moment for families and communities," Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said at a meeting with religious leaders on March 4.

"It is therefore a matter of great concern to my government that in this country,...

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Advancing Adolescent Health and Rights: Kenya Can Lead the Way

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 9:06 AM


Photo Credit: Heshima Kenya

On 17 February 2015 in Nairobi, the President of Kenya, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta a passionate advocate for the advancement of youth and empowerment of young people, presided over the launch of the Global...

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Two Years After the Delhi Gang Rape, Is India Losing Its Moral Moorings?

(6) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM

A young girl traveling on a bus in India is verbally and sexually harassed by a group of men. The dreadful crime that happens next becomes national and international news as outraged Indians share, re-post and tweet about the incident thousands of times in a matter of hours. Does this...

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We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:54 AM


Photo Credit: @manderacountyf

Fear has gripped Kenya's north-eastern Mandera County.

On December 2, Islamic militants attacked a quarry near Mandera town and executed 36 innocent workers, just days after the hijacking of a Nairobi-bound bus outside...

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Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 11:30 AM


Photo @Winnie Kamau

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

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Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time: Maternal Health in Kenya

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:58 PM


Photo Credit: @UNFPAKen

Kenya is one of the most developed economies in East and Central Africa and has demonstrated leadership in overcoming some of the major human development challenges that face Sub-Saharan Africa. As we race towards the Millennium Development Goals, the country...

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Running Toward a Goal -- Margaret Kenyatta at the London Marathon

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 7:39 PM

First lady Margaret Kenyatta. Photo Credit: @ PSCU

Crowds cheering along the sidelines and watching the London Marathon live on TV on April 13 were witness to an astonishing sight. Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya, was among the 35,000 runners who...

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Corruption -- An Epidemic of Epic Scale in India

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:58 AM

The promise of India as a growing economic super power has begun to stall. Some deeper rooted issues like the decline in investment can be traced to the massive corruption eating away at the fabric of the once-galloping economy.

An incident in India gave me an unexpected glimpse...

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International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:36 AM


Photo Credit: Reuters/Amit Dave

March 8 is International Women's Day. It also marks the 39th year since the United Nations declared the year 1975 as the International Women's Year. This year's theme is, "Equality for women is progress for all." But what...

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The Tyranny of Intellectual Disability: Lack of Options

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 9:48 AM


Reaching the intellectually disabled is to make human, emotional connections in a hectic world that too seldom pauses to touch humanity. @SpecialOlympics

Consider this story of a mother and her son with an intellectual disability -- in Africa.


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Married Young: The Scourge of Child Brides in South Asia

(5) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Decades ago in West Bengal, India, a young girl, Kiranbala Bhattacharjee was married off at just 11 years of age. She became a mother to 11 children two of whom died. She was my grandmother and my memory of her was as a beautiful and kind woman. She was also...

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South Sudan's Peace Unravelling -- The Misery Continues

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 11:31 AM

"Commander Salva Kiir, Chief of the SPLA, meeting Ms Carol Bellamy, then UNICEF Executive Director, in Rumbek, South Sudan, Oct 21, 2000". Photo Credit: UNICEF

As 2013 draws to a close, the news filtering out of South Sudan is...

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