President William Ruto is on Wednesday set to make his inaugural address at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.
The UN General Assembly is the main policy-making organ of the Organization. Comprising all Member States, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations. Each of the 193 Member States of the United Nations has an equal vote.
The UNGA also makes key decisions for the UN, including:
- appointing the Secretary-General on the recommendation of the Security Council
- electing the non-permanent members of the Security Council
- approving the UN budget
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya’s new president-elect will also hold bilateral talks with several Heads of State and Government during the four-day meeting.
“Participation at the highest level in the UNGA is particularly important for Kenya as the country seeks to complete the second year of its non-permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council,” a statement from the Ministry. Reads in part
President Ruto will also attend a working session with senior representatives of the American businesses where he will urge for increased trade and investment between the two countries.
President Ruto will also chair a meeting of the Conference of African Heads of State on Climate Crisis (CAHOSCC)In his capacity as Coordinator.
Ruto left the country for to the United Kingdom early this week to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
President Ruto was inaugurated on 13th September after the Supreme Court judges unanimously upheld his election in the August 9 general elections, following the petitions challenging his declaration as the winner of the presidential poll.
The former deputy president who has worked under president Uhuru Kenyatta, takes over the country at a time the country is collapsing under a huge public debt and increased cost of living.