Kenya begins early campaign in bid to win seat on UN  Security Council

Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau speaks on April 16, 2019. Kenya has intensified lobbying among peers to gain a seat on the UN Security Council. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The UN Security Council is the global organisation’s most powerful agency. It has five permanent members (the US, the UK, France, China and Russia) and 10 non-permanent members who serve two years each in rotation.

  • Traditionally, the five permanent members call the shots on issues affecting world peace and security, and can veto a substantive decision of, say, authorising the invasion of a country.

Kenya has intensified lobbying among peers to gain a seat on the UN Security Council. The seat will provide an avenue “to our rightful place as a responsible member state of the united states”, it argues.

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