KENYA SEEKS THE ASEAN REGION SUPPORT FOR ITS UNSC BID.

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Bangkok, Thailand

1st December 2019

Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs arrived in Bangkok, Thailand this evening for an official visit at the invitation of her counterpart, Hon. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.

CS Juma is leading a team in a 5-day official visit, to the Asian Pacific Region. Thailand is the current chair of the ASEAN region.  In addition to Thailand, CS Juma will visit and hold bilateral discussion with counterparts as well as deliver special messages from H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta message to his counterparts in the Kingdom of Vietnam and The Republic of Indonesia. She will also participate and speak at the Bali Democratic ministerial Forum at the invitation of her counterpart Hon. Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia. 

“Today’s international dynamics and future trends make the ASEAN region a critical international player. My visit therefore offers a unique opportunity to engage with a region that offers Kenya, and Africa, many lessons.  It is also a region that we share deep historical ties as well as a world view of global cooperation.  More importantly, we also look to the support and solidarity of the ASEAN region as we continue to serve the world in general, and as we seek a seat in the UNSC. We are also in the process of growing our diplomatic footprint in the ASEAN region,” said CS Juma on arrival in Bangkok.

“Drawing on the development trajectory of the South East Asia countries, I will be urging the private sector in these countries to invest in the opportunities presented by the Big Four priority areas in Kenya, and to use Kenya as the bridge to the 1.2 market arising out of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).”

KENYA FESTIVAL WEEK IN NEW YORK KICKS OFF!

Kenya Festival Week has begun at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA! Today, 4th November 2019, the Festival week commenced as a precursor to the Thursday 7th November 2019 Launch of Kenya’s Global Campaign for the Non-Permanent Seat at the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-2022.

The commencement of the festival coincided with the 49th Edition of the New York Marathon on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019. Elite Kenyan Marathoners began building the momentum for the Kenya Festival Week by sweeping the New York Marathon titles for male and female categories. Various Permanent Representatives to the United Nations will also  join Kenyan World Record Holders for a morning run on Thursday morning ahead of the campaign launch later in the day.

Home grown Kenyan brands such as KETEPA tea, Java Coffee House,Kenya Nut Company’s Out of Africa, Keroche Breweries, Leleshwa Wines, East African Breweries, and the Kenya Flower Council members including Tambuzi Flowers, Red Lands Roses, Nzurri Flowers are among the brands showcasing their products at the festival and supporting Kenya’s candidature.

The week-long festival will give the world a taste and feel of Kenya’s hospitality. The United Nations Delegates Lounge at United Nations plaza will have a supply of Kenyan tea and coffee. Delegates will also get to sample Kenyan beer and wine.

As Kenya seeks to join the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-2022 it firmly believes in the difference it can make to global peace and security. At a time of increased geopolitical complexities, Kenya’s experienced and safe pair of hands can be relied upon to help manage the global peace and security agenda with other members of the Council.

As the African Union endorsed candidate, Kenya has already begun and will continue building bridges by consistently advocating for a more rules-based international system. Kenya will work closely with the entire United Nations Membership to enhance international peace and security in an inclusive ,responsive and consultative manner to ensure a United Nations fit for purpose, and one that works for all.

25 FOREIGN OFFICER TO BENEFIT FROM SPANISH COURSE

NAIROBI, Kenya 30th October 19…Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau this morning inaugurated a Spanish Language training programme for officers in the Ministry at the Foreign Service Academy offices based at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The two months course is sponsored by the Columbian Government in partnership with the Kenyan government. A total of 25 participants will be trained.

Speaking at the event, the Ambassador of Colombia to Kenya, H.E Elizabeth Taylir said that the language course is an important cultural bridge between the two countries and will greatly assist officers posted to Spanish speaking countries.
The Principal Secretary hailed the training that will help officers articulate Kenya’s Foreign policy well particularly when engaging with Spanish speaking Nations.

KENYA’S BID FOR UNSC SEAT

Kenya will on the 7th November 2019 in New York, USA launch its candidature for the Non-Permanent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat for the period 2021/22. This will be the second launch since the successful launch in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on the 26th of August 2019.

The Kenya delegation to New York will be led by Dr Amb Monica Juma, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary and the Campaign Special Envoy Amb Tom Amolo. Those invited for the auspicious launch include World Champions, World Record Holders and Marathoners, renowned artists, UN Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors.

The count down to the 7th November campaign launch begins as we Join hands in Supporting Kenya bid for the UN Security Council seat #Kenya4UNSC #Adependablepartner on peace and security.

IGAD COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

The Delegation of IGAD Council of Ministers led by Ethiopian state minister of foreign affairs Hirut Zemene met with President Salva Kiir at the state house on Friday.

The IGAD delegation discussed with President Salva Kiir the implementation of the outstanding critical issues hindering the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

The Ethiopian State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene outlined that they came on a consultation to find out, how President Salva Kiir is handling the implementation of the security arrangements and the issue on the number of states as agreed by the peace deal.

The Minister of Cabinet affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro said, President Salva Kiir is concerned and engaged on how to handle those critical issues before the deadline for the formation of the transitional government of national unity.

The Kenyan State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ababu Terrah Namwamba Said, they are impressed with the progress made by the parties towards the implementation of the peace deal.

Ababu said, that they are happy to learn that, Dr. Riek Machar will be arriving in Juba on Saturday on his volition to join the political parties towards the conclusion of the pre transitional period.

YOUTH URGED TO BE PATRIOTS OF KENYA

Kenyan youth have been called upon to embrace the definition of Kenya, where all people live in harmony and work together for their shared prosperity.

Speaking at the launch of the Public Service Internship Programme at Kasarani Sports Center on October 9, 2019, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Juma emphasized that the programme is an important national undertaking and a milestone of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government which affirms commitment for youth empowerment. The President was recognized as a UNICEF’s Global Champion for Youth Empowerment in January 2018.

The Cabinet Secretary encouraged the new Interns to be patriots’ servants of Kenya by deploying professional competences, retain high level of integrity, remain truthful to national aspirations for unity and shared prosperity not only for Kenya but also for the region Africa and the world at large.

“Your worth and value will be measured by your impact on society, the CS said, adding that “if you start your professional journey as a well  defined professional, you will have a better chance to negotiate the complex world.”

Delivering her speech on nationhood and national interests, the CS stressed that, all public servants have a primary obligation, the duty, demanded by the Constitution, to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kenya. 

She stressed that, Kenyans, must understand the elements that define the country, the geography, common history, national character, values and common aspirations for today and the future as embodied in the national anthem and loyalty pledge.

CS Juma recounted that “the definition of nationhood was laid by the Kenya’s Founding Fathers and the journey to independence was a key process in defining nationhood – as Kenyans of Kenya.”

She added that, Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta while ushering the new nation rallied everyone around one word – Harambee, Swahili word meaning pulling together. This phrase became the national call for action until now to lead a nation that is politically united and sharing in its prosperity through joint efforts between all people; a nation that leaves no one behind. ”And so as public servants – we SERVE our people,”  urged the CS.

The CS observed that President Daniel Toroitch Arap Moi’s Nyayo philosophy advocated for peace, love and unity among all Kenyans,  President Mwai Kibaki’s government underscored the value of diversity, defining Kenya as a ‘Rainbow nation, ’  while President Uhuru Kenyatta’s desire is to nurture a united country advocating for Building Bridges Initiatives that seeks to guarantee inclusive participation in governance.

The CS wished Interns the best of success and good experience as they take the new role in the mantle of service to the country and humanity.

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Nairobi Kenya, 7th October 2019, Amb. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs today hosted Hon. Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia who is in the country for a two days official visit.

Hon. Jhinaoui visit is historic since it is the first ever official visit to Kenya by a Tunisian Foreign Minister.

The two ministers held a fruitful discussion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters that culminated in the signing of two Memorandum of Understanding, on political consultations and field of vocational training and employment.

CS Juma reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment in strengthening bilateral engagement with Tunisia in the trade, economic and social sectors as well as regional peace and security.

The two ministers also agreed to intensify cooperation within the United Nations framework and other multilateral forums.

“It is worth noting that Tunisia was elected to serve in the non-permanent category of the UNSC for the term 2020/21. We have agreed to work with our Tunisian colleagues as the candidate for the non-permanent seat of the UNSC for the period 2021/22 to ensure a seamless transition in view of our common view of the peace and security in the continent and world,” said CS Juma.

PEACE AGENDA MUST BE PRIORITIZED, CS MONICA JUMA

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma convened a high level ministerial meeting to discuss how countries are leveraging their capacities to advance peace commitments on the sidelines of the 74th session of UNGA in New York.

 

Amb Monica Juma said, it is only through peace that the world can be more secure, prosperous and equitable.

“Peace must be the norm and not the exception which governments and authorities having the primary responsibility to coherently drive and direct the people-defined peace priorities strategies and programs that contribute to peace”.

The CS noted that peace is the most prized public good yet remains elusive to many.  “Despite Africa being resource endowed, the continent has generally not been able to enjoy sustainable peace and stability for decades due to a number of challenges comprising armed conflicts and political crisis resulting from governance deficits. Other security dilemmas include organized transnational crimes, non-state armed groups, piracy, terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization”.

 

However, she noted a grimmer of hope in the continent driven by existing home based solutions.

 

“In Africa there is a shift from the conflict- narrative where the continent is increasingly owning and meeting its own development and security needs and said its high time when the continent should focus on positive values including the notion of peace”.

 

She said the positive trajectory that is taking shape is underpinned by the growing ability of many countries in the region to organically manage political transitions in ways that are consistent with constitutional and legal requirements. The trajectory is also informed by the recognition that addressing the drivers and root causes of the absence of peace and security includes strengthening capabilities to meet both development and security needs. The launch of the AU Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development center in Cairo will play a significant role in this narrative shift.

 

She underscored that peace and security is at the center of Kenya’s Foreign Policy which has given Kenya a grip as a frontline state in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and remains steadfast in building partnerships for a strategic and operational approach to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism.

“As a country, part of our delivering on peace includes a commitment to build bridges and work closely with our neighbors, regional organizations, and international institutions including the United Nations”. Kenya contribution to the UN Peacebuilding commission cannot be understated.

 

In terms of translation of peace agreements to sustainable and implementable frameworks, Kenya has maintained her role as an anchor state and guarantor for regional peace and security especially with regard to prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and post-conflict reconstruction. As a country Kenya has played a critical role in all peace processes in the region and remain the guarantor of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as well as Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). Our contingent in AMISOM continues to professionally implement its mandate of degrading Al Shabaab and facilitating the political processes in Somalia.

 

She said delivering on peace also includes delivering on humanitarian work which Kenya has contributed immensely to the region by hosted over 600,000 refugees with some of them now moving to third countries to work or have gone back home.

 

She reaffirmed the role women and youth continue to play as agents of peace, security and development. “As a country we have put in place structures and instituting and implementing constitutional, legal and administrative measures that ensure all groups of people actively participate in their choice of leaders and have equitable access to state resources including infrastructure”.

 

The side event moderated by Dr Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute (IPI) brought together ministers from the UN member states, observers and civil society organizations.

PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA APPEALS TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY LEADERS TO VOTE FOR KENYA AT THE UNSC

NEW YORK, USA, September 25, 2019…President Uhuru Kenyatta has appealed to the United Nations General Assembly to vote for Kenya for the Non- Permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council during elections to be held in June next year.

Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly the President who thanked the African Union for endorsing Kenya as the African Candidate for the seat said Kenya’s bid is motivated by the need to pursue solutions to global challenges and Kenya’s contribution to the peace keeping efforts.

“When the world had given up on our region, we opened our doors to millions of people fleeing insecurity. To this day, we remain host hundreds of thousands of refugees.

“Our investment in The Sudan negotiations led to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. And we continue to support stabilization efforts in both Sudan and South Sudan.

“When the world had turned away from Somalia, we engaged and invested in the Eldoret and Mbagathi peace processes that led to the formation and hosting of the Transitional National Government in Kenya that ultimately led to formation of Transitional Federal Government in Somalia.

“We have over the years contributed more than 40,000 peacekeepers and engaged in post conflict reconstruction and development efforts across the world”.

In his appeal the global leaders the President said Kenya is well placed to contribute constructively in the security council.

“We, therefore, hope that our experience, our competencies and unrelenting search for peace and prosperity in our neighbourhood, on our continent and the wider world, will persuade the entire UN Membership to support the African Union candidate.

“I request for the vote of each and every member of our United Nations family”.

Kenya officially launched its campaign bid for the seat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a symbol that the seat belongs to Africa as a continent.

On the theme of this years’ session: “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action, and inclusion”, the President reminded the global leaders of their solemn duty for the future generation. 

“we have a solemn duty to ensure the world is a better place for future generations.

 “We must bequeath our children a politically stable, environmentally healthy and socially cohesive world.

“We, the leaders gathered in this great hall, are and must be the bridge to that future world”.

“Our actions today will determine whether that future will be bleak: with depleted resources, with higher poverty levels, and fragmented, warring nations. Or on the other hand our actions today will bestow upon our children better living standards, prosperous, vibrant and cohesive societies, endowed with sustainably managed resources”.

The President pointed out a number of actions that Kenya is doing to contribute to a desired future.

 “We must support our populations, particularly the youth, to be productively engaged, to shape the future and not to fall victim to it.  In this regard, we must accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. Critical to this is the generation of big disaggregated data to help us plan, target interventions, and to monitor implementation”.

He said as a country, the government has heavily invested in education and health, in an effort to achieve social inclusion, develop knowledge and competencies, and secure the future by not leaving anyone behind.

“We have achieved 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school, and free secondary school education for all day scholars” the President remarked.

To enhance equal opportunity, President Uhuru said Kenya has provided re-entry for girls who drop out of school after falling pregnant.  Provision of free sanitary towels to all school-going girls. Kenya’s children now enjoy an average of 10.7 years of schooling, the highest in the region.

On health the President said we are on the path to achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2022 by providing programme that prioritizes primary health care interventions.

He told the leaders gathering that peace and security remains at the core of Kenya’s Foreign Policy and noted that combined efforts to advance peace and security in the region continue to bear fruits.  He congratulated the Sudan for coming to a path of sustainable peace, which they negotiated amongst themselves with the help of the African Union and commended the role of Women in the peace process. 

“I warmly commend the role of the Women of The Sudan for driving and facilitating this most satisfactory and lessons laden outcome, that makes Africa proud”. On South Sudan, the President said he was encouraged by the progress made that has led to improved security situation and expressed his conviction that the pending issues will be resolved in a consultative and collaborative manner. 

Speaking to the leaders and reiterating his sentiments to the Kenya media at a briefing, he said his government will continue to reach out to the Federal Republic of Somalia in an effort to find an amicable and sustainable solution to the maritime boundary dispute between Kenya and Somalia. He said the Boundary should not preoccupy the two countries in disregard for more important issues such as peace, security and prosperity of the two countries.

“We remain hopeful that the Federal Government of Somalia will be amenable and committed to the search for a mutually acceptable and sustainable solution to this dispute”. The President said.

KENYA SET TO HOST ICPD25 SUMMIT

NEW YORK, USA, November 22,2019…Kenya will co-host together with Denmark the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) scheduled to be held in Nairobi, from September 12-14, 2019 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (K.I.C.C).

The Nairobi Summit marks 25 years of the ICPD Program of Action since the first meeting held in Cairo in 1994 and aims at reviewing the centrality of the ICPD Program of Action which is critical to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Speaking during the Diplomatic Missions and International Organization briefing in New York, on September 20, 2019, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau reiterated Kenya’s commitment to host the high-level summit which seeks to galvanizing partnerships, mobilising political and financial support and foster ideas and commitments that will help push for full realization of the goals of the ICPD program of Action.

The PS reemphasized that the summit will take an integrated approach, covering five themes and highlighting the power of gender equality, youth leadership, political and community leadership, innovation and data, and partnerships to accelerate progress.

The theme of the conference is Accelerating the Promise with five thematic areas:

  1. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health as part of universal health coverage
  2. Financing to finish the ICPD Programme of Action and to sustain the gains made
  3. Drawing on demographic trends to drive economic growth and achieve sustainable development
  4. Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices
  5. Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts

States and other participants will be making commitments at the Summit to accelerate the realization of the ICPD Plan of Action with the aim of achieving zero infant, child and maternal mortality, access to education particularly for girls, provision of universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, empowerment of women and girls, zero gender-based violence and elimination of harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.

The Summit will be taking place on the backdrop of the realization that ICPD program of action is a catalyst to the achievement of the Sustainable Development goals by 2030. It is also from a realization that the world that governments envisioned at the ICPD in Cairo remains far from reality for millions of girls and women, boys and men, and families who have been left behind with global statistics indicating that 214 million women want to prevent pregnancy but cannot get modern contraceptives, 830 women die every day while giving life, mostly from preventable causes, 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage and 11,000 girls’ genitals are mutilated, every day, Nearly 1 in 5 women or girls will be assaulted by their partner this year, and 5 million pregnant women have been displaced by conflict or disaster and are in need of medical care.

The PS informed the Diplomatic missions and International Organizations that over 5000 delegates are expected to attend the Nairobi Summit, including Heads of State and government, Ministers, Civil Society, Youth Leaders, parliamentarians, business organizations, media, UN Agencies, Private Sector Organizations and Women’s group to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate the implementation of the ICPD programme.

 The Summit will take place over two and half days, beginning with a high-level plenary followed by workshops, round tables, side events, exhibitions and cultural events.