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.