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.