Kenya's Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) high-level open debate on diversity, state-building, and peace in New York.
President Kenyatta arrived in New York on Sunday ahead of the event.
Kenya now holds the monthly rotational presidency of the UN Security Council until October 2021, having assumed her seat as a non-permanent member of the Council on the 1st of January this year for a two-year term.
Kenya's overriding agenda at the UN Security Council is to offer ideas and solutions to global peace and security in areas such as the Horn of Africa, and the troubled Sahel region, said Kenya's Permanent Representative to the UN Amb Martin Kimani.
“The Security Council is a body that has the mandate to solve major challenges, but for many reasons has been unable to do so. We have ideas on how to do that, we have experience in building peace in our region and we bring those ideas and perspectives to the Council. Kenya is suggesting new innovations on how to approach particular conflict situations,” Amb Kimani said.
President Kenyatta is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and witness the signing of a trade agreement between Kenya’s private sector and a consortium of American companies during his two-day visit.
They will discuss several subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and the UN, including the global response to Covid-19.
On the business agreement, Amb Kimani said President Kenyatta will witness the signing of a new initiative between the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Corporate Council on Africa, the largest umbrella body of US companies operating in Africa.
The business agreement seeks to enhance collaboration between Kenyan companies, especially the small and medium enterprises (SME's), with their American counterparts in a deliberate Government effort to create more jobs and employment opportunities for Kenya's youth.
Further, President Kenyatta is scheduled to participate in the Global Leaders’ high-level discussion organized by the International Peace Institute (IPI) as a platform for world leaders to discuss contemporary subjects©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.