President Uhuru Kenyatta consults with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma at the just-ended United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. Credit: Courtesy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for urgent reforms at the United Nations to ensure Africa is allocated two permanent seats at the Security Council complete with all attendant rights and prerogatives.

Speaking when he delivered Kenya’s country statement at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, the Head of State said, besides the two permanent seats being demanded by the continent, Africa deserves more non-permanent seats. Currently, Africa has three non-permanent seats at the UN Security Council.

“Kenya joins in the demand for two permanent seats for Africa, with all the rights and prerogatives of current members, including the right of veto, and additional non permanent seats,” said President Kenyatta. The additional seats, said President Kenyatta, would correct the historical injustices that Africa has s******d at the global body over the years.

“As we all know, Africa is under represented in the non permanent category of the Security Council and not represented at all in the permanent category,” President Kenyatta observed.

“This historical injustice is a clear indication of the skewed system that has perpetuated an exclusive model of governance that fuels the trust gap between nations, ” the President added.

In the speech that lasted slightly under 20 minutes, President Kenyatta pointed out that real change at the global body cannot be realised without reforms to the membership of the UN Security Council. The President said the global governance system needs to reform for it to be relevant and effective in addressing current and emerging global challenges.

He pointed out that multilateralism has come under severe strain due to mistrust among global leaders and can only be addressed through genuine reforms.

“Rarely has the system of trade and security that was established following the Second World W*r, under the aegis of the United Nations, been under greater strain,” said President Kenyatta.

The Head of State pointed out that populism and e*******m unleashed at the national level has brought forward powerful constituencies that want a dismantling of the global order. For this to change, said President Kenyatta, there is an urgent political need for the world to close the trust gap between people and governing institutions.

“Governments are not owed trust by citizens; that trust must be won and protected. It is not an exaggeration to say that on this issue, revolves the future of global stability and the continuity of many states,” the Head of State observed. He noted that mistrust among the global community can only be addressed if the leadership and processes of the multilateral system are inclusive of all stakeholders.


“The gap in trust at the global level is aimed squarely at the leadership and processes of the multilateral system — as reflected in the UN Security Council, the Bretton Woods institutions and other parts of the system,” President Kenyatta noted.

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