71 years after founding the UN, the world has made great strides on freedom, health, democracy, education and human development.
Despite these remarkable strides, human progress is still constrained by a gamut of challenges: inequality within and between regions and nations, prosperity that does not translate into prosperity for all, poverty, violation of human rights, instability and growing environmental fragility. These momentous challenges call for collective effort by the community of nations.
Today, Africa’s global trade stands at three percent. This primarily consists of export of crude oil unprocessed minerals and raw agricultural produce.
Unless the trade imbalance is reversed, it will accentuate vulnerability, poverty, risk of insecurity and instability for Africa and the world. To overcome this, the challenges of inequality, poverty, adverse effects of climate change, human rights abuses must be dealt with to achieve the dream of an equal world. It is important that UN reforms be an integral part of strengthening the organisation’s footprints worldwide and gain legitimacy as it moves to resolve these pressing issues.
Kenya has been true to its international obligations in matters of security, peace building, housing refugees and fighting terrorism.