United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya Sid Charttejee has congratulated the people of Kenya for its recent election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking on Kenya Television Network’s Bottomline Africa programme with anchor Michelle Ngele, Sid said that Kenya’s election at the top UN Security organ was a global recognition of its leadership role in Africa as a champion for peace, development and humanitarian issues.
Alluding to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Kenya with Uganda and Ethiopia, on joint cross-border integrated programme for sustainable peace and social-economic transformation, Sid said Kenya’s leadership had improved peace and cross-border trade that has often been disrupted by distrust and frequent inter-community attacks. Mr. Charttejee said the security Council seat gives Kenya the momentum to galvanize its position to move the African agenda.
According to Sid, the UN is working with the Kenyan government to urgently come up with a 2-year post COVIDー19 economic recovery strategy that will revive, re-imagine and reset Kenya’s economic trajectory. He added that the UN Kenya country team deployed US$ 45 million dollars from the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 to respond to the health crisis and to support the most vulnerable population through social protection.
Further, he said that the UN had joined together with the Kenyan government and other humanitarian partners to launch a $267.5 million Global Flash Appeal to respond to the most immediate and critical needs with regards to covid19, floods and locust invasion.
“We are working as one UN together with the Kenya to enhance inclusion and participation of youth, who is central to everything we do” added Mr. Chatterjee