President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in New York, US,early Friday for the 70th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
President Kenyatta will Friday be joining other world leaders to attend a summit where the UN is expected to adopt the new post-2015 development agenda, enshrined in what are known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
State house Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said “President Kenyatta will make sure Kenya’s voice is heard as the world adopts the new development agenda, competing a process which Kenya has actively participated in,”
While in New York, President Kenyatta will also co-chair or participate in high level meetings tackling gender inequality and empowering women; peace, security and counter-terrorism; enhancing investments in Kenya and the African continent; climate change; and trade.
With President Xi Jinping of China, President Kenyatta will co-chair a panel on women empowerment where Kenya is recognized as one of the leading successes in Africa.
“The President has repeatedly made it clear that gender equality is a national priority. His Government’s policy reflects that commitment ranging from setting aside funds for business run by female entrepreneurs to directing extra funding to health services that are likely to be used by women,” Mr. Esipisu said.
Later, President Kenyatta is expected to speak at a summit on UN peace operations that will be attended by several leaders led by US President Barack Obama. Kenya has long been a significant contributor to the UN’s peacekeeping operations.
In preparation for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) which Kenya will be hosting in 2016, the President will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. At the meeting, President Kenyatta is expected to affirm joint plans for TICAD as well as follow up on other bilateral matters arising since his visit to Japan early this year.
President Kenyatta is also scheduled to meet United Nations Secretary General Ban to discuss matters of interest to the UN and Kenya, including the question of refugees.