Kenya has been endorsed as a candidate for the UN Security Council nonpermanent seat for the 2021-2022 term, in a vote held Wednesday at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Kenya won the endorsement after a second round of voting by the Permanent Representatives Committee, garnering 37 votes against Djibouti, which got 13 votes. In the first round of voting held on Aug 5, Kenya fell short of a two-thirds majority threshold.
Following the endorsement, the east African country will be Africa’s sole candidate for the nonpermanent seat race to be held in New York in June 2020.
Niger and Tunisia were elected in June to serve in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, representing western and northern Africa respectively.
To win the seat, Kenya will have to get the support of two-thirds of the UN member states.
The UN Security Council, which is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, has 15 members. Its permanent members are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. The 10 nonpermanent members get elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.