Kenya to know its fate over the  United Nations Security Council position

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Kenya will on Wednesday know whether it has a seat at the powerful United Nations Security Council.

Permanent representatives of the 193 UN member states in New York will cast their ballots for the country candidates vying for the non-permanent membership slots.

Kenya is competing against Djibouti for the single African group seat currently occupied by South Africa.

Member states will cast ballots during designated time slots at the General Assembly hall.

“This is due to limitations on large gatherings at the UN due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the plan reads.

Kenya’s bid is part of the five seats available for election this year, according to the regular distribution among regions.

Kenya launched its global campaign in November 2019 in New York following the endorsement by the African Union in August the same year.

Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau at the time said Nairobi is keen on the seat to make contributions to global peace and security.

“We seek to achieve peace and security through the cultivation of a climate of trust, transparency and synergy of all actors,” he said in an appeal to the member states for support.

The five new members elected this year will take up their seats on January 1, 2021, and serve until December 31, 2022.

Kenya has served at the council twice — 1973-1974 and 1997-1998. Djibouti has had a stint from 1993 to 1994.

Speaking on Tuesday evening, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya will advance the pan-Africanist agenda of global peace, solidarity and multilateralism if elected to join the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

“A vote for Kenya is a vote for peace. A vote for Kenya is a vote for global solidarity. A vote for Kenya is a vote for multilateralism,I speak to you from Nairobi, the capital where we recently hosted one of the first blue economy conferences bringing the nations of the world together to see how we can not only preserve our oceans for future generations but how we can exploit them in a sustainable manner for present generations,”  he said

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