NAIROBI, October 29th, 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta called for cooperation between the UN, the African Union, and Regional Economic Blocs in the revamping of Africa’s security architecture on Thursday evening.
The President stated that the continent’s solidarity and collaboration would benefit it in overcoming the myriad issues it faces, including instability, Covid-19, and the effects of climate change.
“Together, we can enable African states and regions to overcome insecurity in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa and in countries dealing with dangerous insurgent and terrorist groups,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta spoke when he chaired a virtual United Nations Security Council high-level debate on cooperation between the United Nations, Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations with a special focus on the African Union.
He called for a rethinking of peace keeping in Africa noting that for the efforts to be effective, there was need for synchrony between continental responses and UN peacekeeping missions, and called for more inclusivity.
“We will successfully overcome our insecurity when we combine military action with fundamental governance reforms that deliver inclusivity; no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or economic status.
“Inclusivity in service delivery, competent and non-partisan civil services, fair policies and legislation are key,” President Kenyatta said.
At the same time, the Head of State decried the recent upsurge in coups in Africa, saying they have exacerbated insecurity and instability on the continent.
“In this regard, Kenya expresses her deep concern regarding the recent political developments in Sudan and calls for the immediate restoration of the civilian-led transitional process,” President Kenyatta said.
On climate change, President Kenyatta said African countries should embrace green investments in sectors such as renewable energy.
“This should be the direction, as it will mean Africa’s ample resources delivering jobs and services to Africans in a sustainable manner,” President Kenyatta said.
The President added that the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26) in Glasgow Scotland should produce tangible and transformative investments in climate adaptation that will allow for strong green growth in Africa.
“If the green agenda does not deliver green growth and green jobs to Africa, then globally it will fail,” the President said.
Speaking during the meeting, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed called for global solidarity and support in accelerated access to Covid-19 vaccines by African countries, strengthening of health systems and more investment in pandemic preparedness.
“Today only 5 percent of the population in Africa is fully vaccinated against Covid-19. We need to support domestic manufacturing of vaccines and increased financing to alleviate the social economic challenges of the pandemic,” the Deputy UN Secretary General said.
Other speakers including Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana) and Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (Viet Nam) as well as Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre emphasized the need for the application of African solutions to security challenges facing the continent.