Kenyan foreign minister, IPSS discuss African priorities on UN Security Council
Amb. Juma was highly appreciative of the fruitful exchanges, including the contributions by IPSS to peace and security research, training and dialogues.
17 September 2019
On 17 September, the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya invited IPSS and three other think tanks to a meeting with Ambassador Monica Juma, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and Amani Africa, also participated in the exchange on current and topical issues that Kenya is keen to promote at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) upon its ascension to the council. IPSS was represented by Frank Djan Owusu, Programme Manager of the Executive Master’s in Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA).
The East African region is allocated a non-permanent seat on the UNSC in the period 2021-2022. In August 2019, the African Union (AU) endorsed Kenya’s candidacy for the seat in a secret ballot held by AU member states. According to Amb. Juma, Kenya is keen to promote African interests as a whole by building strong bridges between the UN, AU and and regional organizations for the betterment of Africa. The theme of the campaign, “Peace and Security for Sustainable Development”, is anchored on the following 10 sub-themes:
Amb. Juma was highly appreciative of the fruitful exchanges, including the contributions by IPSS to peace and security research, training and dialogues. She also noted the need to flag and find creative solutions to the evolving challenges in peace and security, to which she indicated the ministry would aim to tap into the expertise of IPSS other think tanks in research and analysis in order to support Kenya’s campaign and tenure at the UNSC.