Nairobi has welcomed the African Union’s (AU) endorsement of Kenya’s bid for a UN Security Council seat.
President Uhuru Kenyatta called on the rest of the United Nations member states to support the country’s candidature even as he affirmed the vote represented AU’s mark of confidence in Kenya’s capability to represent the continent’s interests at the global arena.
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 (AU PRC) on August 21 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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,” a statement from State House read.
Mr. Uhuru said the country’s bid is informed by the critical role the UN Security Council plays in the maintenance of international peace and security.
In the June 2020 New York vote, Kenya must also win at least two-thirds votes of the UN member states.
Conventionally, elections at all UN bodies are done through formal balloting even if candidates have been endorsed by their regional group or are unopposed.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr. Monica Juma said the vote was a show of confidence for Kenya to represent Africa’s agenda at the UNSC.
“This endorsement is an affirmation that Kenya has remained true to the decisions and aspirations of the African Union and confirms that it is a safe and dependable pair of hands,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Kenya commits to the African brothers and sisters, that we shall be a bold voice for Africa and shall be steadfastly promoted and defend the African position.”
The African Union will present Kenya (Eastern Africa), Niger (Western Africa) and Tunisia (Northern Africa) for the UNSC elections.
The UNSC is composed of 15 members; with 5 permanent ones and 10 non-permanent ones. The permanent ones are; China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.