In his farewell address as Head of State, H. E the President Hon. Mwai Kibaki addressed
Heads of State and Government during the 67th United Nations General Assembly 2012
in New York where he affirmed his support for the theme of the 67th General Assembly,
“The Settlement of International Disputes or Situations by Peaceful Means.” He noted
that this theme spoke to Kenya’s achievements over the previous ten years which
had been built on the bedrock of peaceful resolution of disputes. It is towards
this end that Kenya’s own wellbeing and prosperity is hinged on sustained peace,
security, stability and inclusive democracy in our region, said the President.
The President reiterated his support of the African Union, the Intergovernmental
Authority on Development, the International Conference on the Great Lakes and the
East African Community for their efforts and initiatives for peaceful and inclusive
settlement of disputes and situations. President Kibaki informed the meeting that
Somalia is now able to enjoy peace through efforts by Kenya together with the African
Union Mission in Somalia and the Transitional Federal Government forces. Kenya hosts
Over 650,000 Somali refugees and following the progressive liberation is working
with the relevant United Nations agencies to facilitate repatriation of Somali refugees
so that they can participate in re-building their country.
President Kibaki praised the efforts of the international community, on their support
and facilitation of negotiations between Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South
Sudan, and encouraged the two countries to continue working towards reaching a compromise
to fast-track social and economic development for the benefit of citizens of these
two countries especially the newer Republic of South Sudan.
The President praised the great efforts of multi-lateral diplomacy in achieving
the Rio+20 Conference outcome document, “the future we want,” and specifically lauded
its recommendations including the decisions to strengthen the institutional framework
for sustainable development, including the upgrading of United Nations Environment
Programme to enable it to effectively discharge its mandate.