Kenya on Monday officially kicked of its candidature campaigns for the United Nations Security Council seat with the first launch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This is the first launch in a series of three that will take place in New York and in Nairobi Kenya.
The event was attended 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 all the way to ensure Africa interests are safeguarded.
Speaking at the launch, Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma expressed her gratitude 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 articulated the milestones achieved and lessons learnt over the years as a continent and as the community of states; contemporary developments in the world stage; and the emerging threats and opportunities for stability, peace and prosperity.
She commended the African Union for developing functional early warning systems and improvement in the use of preventive diplomacy for conflict prevention which is yielding better outcomes in peace building operations.
“Our Peace-making, peace support operations, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development processes are increasingly realising better outcomes – we are having solutions that are African inspired and African led”.
The CS used the African proverb to stress on the need for Africa to tell their own stories in the global arena.
“I am reminded of a proverb from West Africa – “Until the Lion learns to tell his story, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter” I am persuaded that we have made great progress in the quest for peace and security on our great continent. We need to tell stories of our progress and achievements more often”.
The Cabinet Secretary unveiled the ten pointers which form Kenya’s core agenda during its term at the Security Council. 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.
She promised that Kenya will be a dependable partner and will strive 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.
In his remarks Kwesi Quartey the deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission noted that Kenya has always stood for Africa and there is no doubt they will represent Africa’s interest.
During the event, Kenya’s Campaign logo was launched.