Kenya on Wednesday bagged a major appointment at the United Nations (UN) after being electedĀ as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).
UNECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of the UN agencies.
Welcoming the decision, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that Kenya had garneredĀ 184 votes in favour, out of a total of 187 member States of the UN General Assembly who wereĀ present during the voting.
Kenya will now serveĀ for a three-year term that runs between 1st January 2019Ā and 2021 whereĀ 18 new members are electedĀ every year for the overlappingĀ 3-year term.
During itsĀ annualĀ seven-week sessions and general meetings, the forum discussesĀ international economic and social issues and formulatesĀ policy recommendations that are pertinent to member states and the United Nations system.
UNECOSOC’s membership is based on geographical representation and African states are allocated 14 seats with Kenya gets its first appointment in the council.
Notable advantages of joiningĀ UNECOSOCĀ include the opportunity to influence decision-makers at the highest international level by delivering statements, participating in negotiations and holding side events at the UN.
Kenya plays host to several UN organs includingĀ United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) whose global headquarters are atĀ Gigiri Nairobi andĀ UN-Habitat Regional Headquarters in Africa (ROAf) whose offices are equallyĀ located in Nairobi.
In 2017, current Education Cabinet SecretaryĀ Amina MohamedĀ was selected to be part a new Team of External Advisers for theĀ United Nations.
Other African countries that have held the position include South Africa, Ghana, Malawi and Morocco.