UN Security Council
UN Security Council

Kenya is lobbying for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council to enhance its role as a vanguard for peace, stability and development in a troubled region, a government official said on Thursday.

Monica Juma, cabinet secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs, said that Nairobi is keen to secure a slot at the UN Security Council from 2021 to 2022 to strengthen its conflict resolution efforts in the greater horn of Africa region.

Kenya has lately intensified shuttle diplomacy to win backing for the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council amid competition from Djibouti.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has met dozens of foreign heads of state and government to lobby for their support towards Kenya’s bid at the apex UN organ charged with maintaining international peace and security.

Juma said that Kenya has won goodwill from African countries as the campaign for a slot at the UN Security Council gathers momentum.

“The African group will next week make a decision on our appeal for support. We are confident of clinching that seat,” said Juma, adding that Kenya requires 36 votes to clinch the UN Security Council seat.

She said that a seat at the premier UN organ will enhance Nairobi’s ability to champion for good governance, environmental protection, gender parity and renewable energy in the region.

Juma said that Kenya will leverage on the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council to promote economic diplomacy that benefits the African continent. Enditem

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