Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is in New York to chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) high-level open debate on diversity, government building and peace.
Kenyatta arrived in the United States on Sunday for a two-day working visit which will also see him hold bilateral talks with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and also participate in the Global Leaders’ high-level discussion organized by the International Peace Institute (IPI).
Kenya was elected a non-permanent member of the UNSC in June 2020 for a two-year term. Following that election, the Kenyan President said his country would use the platform to consolidate and voice Africa’s position in the Security Council.
According to Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN Amb Martin Kimani, the East African country’s overriding agenda at the UNSC is to offer ideas and solutions to global peace and security in areas such as the Horn of Africa and the troubled Sahel region.
“The Security Council is a body that has the mandate to solve major challenges, but for many reasons has been unable to do so. We have ideas on how to do that, we have experience in building peace in our region and we bring those ideas and perspectives to the Council,” Kimani said.
“Kenya is suggesting new innovations on how to approach particular conflict situations,” he added.
During his stay in New York, President Kenyatta will also witness the signing of a new initiative between the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Corporate Council on Africa, the largest umbrella body of U.S. companies operating in Africa.