Kenya on the Security Council: what to expect


In January 2021, Kenya will replace South Africa as one of the three elected African members (A3) on the UN Security Council alongside Niger and Tunisia. The two-year council term is short, but if countries work together, positive results can be achieved. Kenya is expected to advance Africa’s voice in the council and foster unified A3 positions based on African Union (AU) policy. The country can also help sustain the AU–UN partnership.

This seminar will reflect on Kenya’s role in the UN Security Council, and the challenges and opportunities it faces in preparing and carrying out its functions. Lessons from South Africa’s term will also be discussed. 

Chair: Dr Roba D Sharamo, Regional Director and Representative to the AU, Horn and East Africa, ISS Addis Ababa


Amb Kamau Macharia, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya

Prof Adams Oloo, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi

Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, ISS Pretoria

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