Kenya lobbies to get UN Security Council seat

The government of Kenya which is seeking to win the seat has started lobbying countries to support Its bid to get a seat in United Nations (UN) Council.

UN General Assembly will next June take up votes to include countries in the council.

The president of the East Africa nation, Uhuru Kenyatta has been holding talks with leaders and representatives from over 18 countries for the last month.

President Kenyatta had held his last meeting with Caribbean Head of States under the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECC) and the Caribbean Community (CARRICOM), in Bridgetown Barbados.

According to Daily Nation, the President reached out to 10 leaders from the region, asking them to support Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2021 to 2022.
The Security Council has 15 members with only five of them are permanent.

They include Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and the US.

These countries hold veto powers, meaning they can stop a substantive decision such as sanctioning a Head of State seen as a violator of global peace.

There will be one seat up for grabs for the African continent when the UN General Assembly convenes for a vote in New York in June 2020.