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International Peace and Security; Peace Keeping Affairs

Kenya through 1st and 4th committees of UNGA continues to contribute Military, Police and Corrections personnel to UN and AU Peace keeping Operations (PKOs) with most of them being in Africa. Today, Kenya has peacekeepers in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In New York, Kenya is fully seized to all matters of peacekeeping through collaboration with the UN Department of Peacekeeping and Department of Field Support and the UN Security Council Working Group on PKOs and through Kenya’s membership to the Special Committee on Peace keeping Operations (C34). In the latter, Kenya Co-chairs Small Working Group on Military capacities.

Kenya Military Advisor visits peacekeeping field missions

Every year, various committees visit peacekeeping field missions with intent of understanding the implementation processes of the UN Security Council mandates by interacting with personnel on the ground that are charged with this responsibility. In the month of April, Kenya Military Advisor and Deputy Dean, Military and Police Advisors’ Community (MPAC), in New York, Col Kiugu, led a delegation of MPAC members on a trip covering United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), UN Regional Service Centre Entebbe (Uganda), International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Kenya and attended detailed briefings given at IPSTC by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM

At IPSTC, the delegation was taken through the training modules used for pre-deployment training for both uniformed and civilian personnel and later shown a live demonstration on Protection of Civilians (POC) conducted at the state of the art, Amani village, at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Emabakasi, Nairobi. POC forms part of the UN Security Council mandates for most UN PKOs.

Thereafter, the Military Advisor, Col. Kiugu visited the Kenya Battalion deployed in the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where he had a chance to evaluate the achievements of the peacekeepers and witness the challenges facing them and the UN missions at large. He held briefings with the Force Commander and other key mission leadership. Such visits enable officers based in NY to appreciate commitments of peacekeepers serving under hostile environments and at times poorly logistically supported and yet expected to implement the UN Security Council mandates.

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To be a leader in pursuit of Kenya’s interests within the multilateral framework of the United Nations.

Mission

To project, promote and protect the interests and values of the Kenyan people through effective diplomatic engagement.

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