Kenya UN Security Council presidency begins on October 1

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Kenya will take over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a video statement he was looking forward to “joining other world leaders at the Security Council in confronting and addressing the intractable challenges to peace, security and development that face our world today”.

Kenya’s presidency, which lasts a month, means that President Kenyatta himself or delegations he authorizes from Kenya can preside over meetings of the council.

This time, Kenya takes over amid the growing demands for Covid-19 vaccine equity, dangers of climate change to small islands, terrorism as well as the continual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On June 18, 2020 Kenya defeated Djibouti an African seat on the U.N. Security Council in a second round of voting held under different procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the first round of voting, neither country received the required two-thirds majority in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly. In Thursday’s second round, where a two-thirds majority of 128 votes was required, Kenya received 129 votes and Djibouti received 62 votes.

Kenya, which was endorsed by the African Union, will now join Norway, Ireland, India and Mexico, which were elected Wednesday as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting January 1

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