The African Union (AU) has endorsed Kenya as the sole United Nations Security Council candidate.
The endorsement means Kenya becomes Africa’s sole candidate for the race for the non-permanent seat for 2021-2022.
The candidates that had expressed interest in the seat from the Eastern Africa Region were Kenya and Djibouti.
Kenya won the Eastern Africa region spot after garnering 37 votes against Djibouti’s 13 during an election held by the African Union Permanent Representatives’ Committee Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Membership of the Security Council puts Kenya at the centre stage of international decision making.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma thanked the African Union Permanent Representative Committee for putting their trust on Kenya.
An election will be held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in June 2020.
Kenya will need to secure two thirds support (129 votes) among all UN Member States.
However, this endorsement by the African Union guarantees Kenya a win at the General Assembly since Kenya is now the only candidate from Africa
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the African Union’s endorsement of Kenya’s bid for a UN Security Council seat and called on the rest of the United Nations member states to support the country’s candidature.
The President said the backing by the African Union is a mark of confidence in Kenya’s capability to represent the continent’s interests at the global arena.
President Kenyatta expressed confidence that with the support of the continental body, the country is better placed to secure the non-permanent seat for the period 2020 to 2021 the during the elections scheduled for June next year.
“I am grateful to the African Union’s PRC for the confidence they have shown by endorsing our candidature for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent seat,” said the President.
The President, who called on the rest of the UN member states to back Kenya during the June 2020 elections, said the country’s bid is informed by the critical role the UN Security Council plays in the maintenance of international peace and security.
The African Union will present Kenya (Eastern Africa), Niger (Western Africa) and Tunisia (Northern Africa) for the UNSC elections.