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.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE AND COALITION FOR CLIMATE ACTION KEY AGENDA AT UNGA74

NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2019…World leaders from the 193 United Nations member states are this week meeting in New York for the annual high level segment of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss global challenges and actions to mitigate the issues. The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the UN, where multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the Charter the United Nations, such as development, peace and security are done.                  

This year’s assembly which started on September 17, and marks 74 years since inception in 1946, has climate change, universal health coverage, quality education, poverty eradication and the issues of sustainable development, on the agenda. `                

His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta is leading Kenya’s Delegation at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). President Kenyatta will deliver the County statement which will address Kenya’s strategic focus on Regional Peace and Security; Climate Change; Inclusion; Accelerating Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; Blue Economy; Kenya’s Candidature for the Non-Permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for 2021 – 2022; UN Reforms process; and the upcoming Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).

Besides the multilateral engagement, President Kenyatta and his delegation will attend bilateral as well as private sector engagements and side events that are aimed at enhancing Kenya’s profile and enabling the country to achieve her strategic ends, including the Big 4 Agenda.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma said the theme of this year’s General Assembly is well within President Uhuru Kenyatta Big Four Agenda. The Kenya model of universal health care for example, was a showcase as a successful model to be emulated during the Rockefeller foundation side event at the UN Assembly.

CS Juma noted that globally there are existential threats that calls for more urgent action, commitments and coalitions on environmental management. The Paris agreement on climate change has not made much headways due to lack of financial commitments.

“We are entering a phase where citizenry demand and youth engagement are pushing for climate action, demanding commitments and actions from governments and the private sector to behave in a certain manner to address environmental challenges”.

The first Youth Climate Summit bringing together youth and civil society leaders from across the world was held on Saturday 21st at the UN General Assembly complex to share commitment to combat climate change at a higher pace and scale that is need to meet the urgent challenge of climate change.  The event where Kenya was represented by a number of youths showcased the successes of youth activists, local change makers, innovators and entrepreneurs. The event was also meant to empower the next generation of leaders to take action.

 

The Cabinet Secretary reaffirmed the place of Kenya as a convener and consensus building on environmental global issues and in addressing the future of humanity. Kenya is home two United Nations Environmental Assembly and United Nations Habitat Assembly UNHA.   

The 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the third held under the tenure of H.E. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.  Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, was elected President of the 74th General Assembly, to succeed María Fernanda Espinosa, whose term ends in September 2019.

President Kenyatta is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Asals Eugene Wamalwa, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Joe Mucheru.

KENYA OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF CANDIDATURE CAMPAIGNS FOR THE UNSC SEAT 2021-22 IN ADDIS ABABA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 16.9.2019…. The official launch of Kenya’s campaign as the African Union endorsed candidate in the non -permanent category of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-2022 was held on the 16th September 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

The event was graced by His Excellency Gedu Andargachew Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Kwesi Quartey deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Commissioners, Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives and members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ethiopia among other dignitaries.

 

 

Welcoming Kenya to Addis Ababa Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew congratulated Kenya for being chosen to represent Africa and promised to work closely with Kenya to ensure Africa interests are safeguarded.

Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma expressed her delight for the honour that was bestowed on Kenya by the African Union in endorsing Kenya as the Africa’s candidate for the seat.

 

“Kenya is privileged to be Africa’s Candidate for a Non- Permanent Seat at the United Nations Security Council. We accept this high calling with gratitude and a deep sense of purpose”.

She acknowledged the high responsibility that comes with the position but assured that Kenya will serve and faithfully defend the interests of Africa as a commitment to Africa our motherland and to Pan-Africanism.

She noted that Africa’s efforts to embrace and promote democratic practices have led to greater stability, good governance, as well as political and social inclusion with good progress being achieved in governance across the continent.

“We have made steady progress since the Arusha Conference of 1990 dubbed “Putting the People First” which adopted the African Charter for Popular Participation in Development and Transformation.”

Between 2018 and 2019, elections in 31 African countries have progressed well and where internal differences are occurred they have been settled peacefully through elections, open debate, accountable governance, and the rule of law. 

The Cabinet Secretary unveiled the campaign logo and the ten pointers which form Kenya’s core agenda during its term at the Security Council themed around Peace and Security for sustainable development Namely: promoting a culture of peace through building bridges, tolerance and respect for human dignity in an inclusive and consultative manner; Regional Peace and Security; Justice, Human Rights and Democracy; global collaboration in global peace keeping operations, leverage on gender disparity by engaging women in peace and security, climate change and empowerment and inclusion of the youth (see statement)

She promised that Kenya will be a dependable partner and will endeavour to cultivate a climate of trust and transparency that promotes the respect for international rules and norms; sensitivity to each other’s interests; peaceful resolution of conflicts; and increased cooperation in global Peace and Security efforts.

H.E Kwesi Quartey, the deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission expressed his confidence on the ability of Kenya that it will certainly represent Africa’s interest.

 

KENYA – CHINA AGREE TO DEEPEN AND SOLIDIFY RELATIONS

H.E. Yang Jiechi, Special Representative of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communication Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs met Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma on September 4, 2019.

During the meeting, the two reviewed bilateral cooperation, regional security and multilateral issues based on the Strategic Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership (SCCP) between Kenya and China.

They appreciated that relations between the two countries have grown in depth and breadth and agreed on the need to enhance the partnership to higher levels, deepen people to people interactions, cooperate in tourism, culture, science and technology, and intensify high-level exchange visits.

The Special Representative called on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi, which was the highlight of the two days visit.