In Summary
  • Kenya is seeking to win the non-permanent seat of UN’s most powerful body, for the 2021-2022 period.
  • Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said the country will push for better support from the UN for regional efforts to combat global challenges such as terrorism.
  • The bid comes as Nairobi admits that the world’s most powerful countries are slackening in their roles, looking inwards, leaving poorer nations such as those in Africa to face the challenges alone.

Kenya is promising to promote stronger adherence to global rules and shared responsibility as it launches its bid for the UN Security Council seat.

At the unveiling of the official campaign logo on Monday night, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said Kenya will push for better support from the UN for regional efforts to combat global challenges such as terrorism.

In a 10-point pledge, Dr Juma told an audience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that the country and its peers have willingly supported these types of programmes and will be seeking stronger cooperation between the UN and regional bodies.

“We have a deep conviction peace is a shared responsibility,” she told a gathering at the Sheraton Hotel.

“We will use our position at the Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council to build appropriate linkages for collaboration and harmonised action.”

"AFRICAN CANDIDATE"

Kenya is seeking to win the non-permanent seat of UN’s most powerful body, for the 2021-2022 period.

Non-permanent members may not have a vote on substantial matters, but they may hold rotational presidency, which gives a chance to push through agenda.

On Monday night, the country launched the official logo and campaigns in the city that hosts the African Union.

Dr Juma said the choice of Addis Ababa was because Kenya was endorsed by the African Union in a secret ballot in August, “making us the African candidate".

The launch in Addis may have been part of Kenya’s way of thanking AU member member who voted for Nairobi 37-13 against Djibouti.

In the audience were Kwesi Quartey, the Ghanaian diplomat and deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission and Mr Gedu Andargachew, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

Others included commissioners of the AU Commission including Smail Chergui, the Algerian diplomat in charge of Peace and Security, ambassadors and Permanent Representatives to the AU.

CS Monica Juma in Addis

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma presents campaign material for Kenya’s candidature for a seat at the UN Security Council to Hanna-Tetteh of Ghana, Special Representative to the AU and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 16, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

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