Kenya on Monday formally assumed its position in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
This came six months after Kenya was elected to the powerful council as a non-permanent member for the term 2021-2022.
Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Martin Kimani hoisted the Kenyan flag outside the UNSC Chamber in New York on Monday.
Other newly-elected non-permanent members including India, Ireland, Mexico, and Norway also raised their flags.
Speaking during the installation ceremony of the national flags of the new members, Amb. Kimani said Kenya will be a bold voice for Africa and all people yearning for peace and security.
“We will listen, we will speak up for Africa, for the small island developing states, for and for the global south all countries great and small.”
“Our mission in the security council will abide with our constitution, it will reflect your pragmatism, your dignity, and your ambition to build a fairer and more prosperous world.”
He added: “We will work daily to ensure that we live in a peaceful and secure region and in a global order that is respectful of our sovereignty.”
Kenya returns to the UN’s most powerful organ after 23 years having served twice previously in 1973-74 and 1997-98.
UNSC has five permanent members including Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, and France—all of who have veto powers.
Kenya will now be involved in making key decisions such as sanctions, authorizing the use of force to preserve peace, and electing judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The UN Security Council is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security.