President Uhuru Leaves Kenya to Attend UN General Assembly in New York, US

President Uhuru Leaves Kenya to Attend UN General Assembly in New York, US

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday night left for New York, US where he will be attending the United Nations, General Assembly (GA).

In a statement from the official government newsroom, the Head of State is also expected to address the assembly aside from bilateral talks.

“The President will also engage in bilateral conversations and promote investments and the Big 4 agenda on the sidelines of the meeting,” read a tweet from Nexus.

President Uhuru’s itinerary in the US

The last time, Uhuru made a speech in the Assembly was in 2015 where he advocated for collaboration in the fight against global terrorism and violent extremism.

“I assure the Assembly that Kenya remains committed to continuing to play its rightful role in the global community, remain an anchor of peace and security in our region, and foster regional, continental and global cooperation for accelerated economic and social development and prosperity for all,” he told the world leaders.

The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN.

Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority.

Each country has one vote. Some member states in arrear of payment may be granted the right to vote.  

The first Kenyan leader to give a speech at the UN General Assembly was Joseph Murumbi, who represented President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at the 19th session in 1964.

“Kenya’s foreign policy is based on the principle of positive non-alignment. In pursuance of this policy, we reserve our right to take our own independent stand on the many international issues which face the world today, irrespective of the attitude of the other Powers, whether Eastern or Western.

“We refuse to be drawn into Cold War manoeuvres, Power blocs, military alliances and similar institutional systems intended to serve the interests of the Cold War,” he stated.

Joseph Murumbi at a meeting at the UN with Fitz de Souza and Robert Ouko




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