President William Ruto is expected to give his maiden presidential address at the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States on Wednesday.
Ruto left the country on Sunday to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London, United Kingdom.
The President later proceeded to New York for the 77th assembly of nations which was opened today (Tuesday) and close on Tuesday next week.
Ruto will also hold bilateral talks with several Heads of State and government on key issues including; Promotion of Kenya’s foreign policy, enhancing participation in the quest for realisation of SDGs and global leadership in emerging issues including climate change.
“The 77th UNGA coincides with the worst drought in the Horn of Africa with many countries in the region including Kenya experiencing unprecedented effects in the last forty years.” The ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.
“Participation at the highest level in the UNGA is particularly important for Kenya as the country seeks to complete the second year of its non-permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council.”
President William Ruto with Martin Kimani,Kenya’s Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the UN in New York during the opening of the 77th UN General Assembly
The Head of State will also in his capacity as coordinator, chair a meeting of the Conference of African Heads of State on Climate crisis (CAHOSCC) and meet with senior representatives of the American businesses during which he will urge for increased trade and investment between the two countries.
“At the bilateral level, President Dr Ruto will lead Kenya’s quest to harness relations with the bUnited States of America guided by the 5 pillars bilateral strategic dialogue partnership.”
This is the first time Ruto will be addressing the UN general assembly as President, however, in 2016 he represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the assembly while serving as Deputy President.