Regional Peace & Security
As an anchor state and guarantor to various peace processes within the Africa region, Kenya will bring a wealth of experience in peace-building and postconflict reconstruction to the Security Council.
Kenya Has continued to play a leading role in peace, security and conflict management in the Horn of Africa Region both individually as a State and also within the frameworks of regional intergovernmental organizations such as the African Union (AU), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the East African Community (EAC).
Kenya Is a founder member of the AU Peace and Security Council (AU PSC), the organ in charge of enforcing the AU’s decisions and served two consecutive terms from 2007-2010, 2010-2013 and is currently serving the third term for the period 2016-2019. During its period of service Kenya played an active role in its programmes, undertakings and decisions.
Kenya Is contributing substantial number of military troops and police officers to various AU and UN peace keeping missions in Africa, including; African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) – 3,962 troops and 158 international police. United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – 997 military troops. United Nations Mission in Congo (MUNISCO); and African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Kenya Is actively engaged with other security initiatives Within the Eastern and Southern African region. The Country hosts four sub-regional organizations dealing with security matters. Namely: – International Peace Support Training Centre in Karen, Nairobi which trains officers and troops in preparation for peace-keeping missions; UN Engineering Logistics Base for Africa Region that supports the capacity building of Africa’s Troop Contributing Countries; Eastern African Standby Force (EASF), a sub- regional standby force of the African Standby Force established under the AU – Peace and Security Council Protocol to be deployed on peace support mission or where intervention is authorized by the AU Assembly; and the Regional Centre for Small Arms (RECSA) which brings together fourteen (14) countries with the mandate of addressing the proliferation of small arms and light weapons within the eastern and southern Africa region.
Kenya Also hosts the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. The Centre covers maritime rescue for Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania. Its Functions have been broadened to include piracy and Information sharing to enhance the suppression of Piracy.
Kenya's Achievements under Regional Peace & Security
Kenya is a member of the AU PSC
Kenya is a Member of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) serving a second term that ends in 2022. Within the AU PSC Kenya has contributed to efficient responses to conflict and crisis situations in Africa, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenya's facilitation role in regional peace
Kenya has been recognised for the role it plays in hosting and facilitating peace negotiations between its neighbouring countries.
Kenya is an active member of the Peace Building Commission
Kenya is an active member of the Peace Building Commission since 2014 and has been able to change the limiting narrative around peace building to ensure that it is no longer considered as just a post conflict activity