Oct 18, 2021

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Uhuru at UN: Kenya warns identity politics a ticking time bomb

Kenya has warned that the world will be unsafe if countries fail to address the issues of the identity and diversity of their people.

This danger has led Nairobi to enter an open high-level debate launch its October program on peacebuilding and how diversity affects the search for peace in conflict regions.

The meeting in New York marks the first face-to-face meeting of President Uhuru Kenyatta as President of the UN Security Council this October.

Kenya assumes that most global problems today can be traced back to everyone’s feeling of belonging.

In common parlance, identity is seen as the feeling of belonging to a certain group, for example religion, tribe, race, or economic class. Diversity is the way in which politics addresses the concerns of each group to ensure that resources are distributed fairly and to prevent exclusion. No country in the world has achieved this, although some have fared better than others, argues Kenya.

In a concept note shared with the media on Monday, it said global problems of terrorism, rebel movements, Resource rich from tribal struggles to natural disasters, as well as ethnic Balkanization have been caused or fueled by feelings of exclusion from certain groups of people.

It is said that the United Nations has attempted to deal with the challenges of human rights and equality to deal with, but “there is an escalation in the dangers of this challenge (of diversity) as interconnected crises prompt more people to use and sometimes weaponize diversity to respond to the disorienting changes brought about by economic crises.”

These crises may have started earlier but worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, the document says.

These crises may be the result of rapid urbanization that is displacing some indigenous communities, youth unemployment, growing inequality, environmental stress, as well as the rise in the negative impact of social media, which is a false one Have fueled life, she adds.

“Even in largely stable and relatively affluent countries there is a visible increase in the politicization of diversity, be it religious, cultural, economic, ethnic or purely political partisanship.”

As is the tradition in the open debates of the UN Security Council, the President will chair a largely thematic session proposed by Nairobi, but by. the other council members are supported. Today’s session is titled “Open High Level Debate on Peacebuilding and Sustainable Peace: Diversity, State Building and the Search for Peace”.

Kenya’s Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo says the session will help countries share their experiences how they deal with identity issues.

“The combination of information revolution, globalization, urbanization, inequality, environmental stress and demographics makes identity the central determinant of conflicts,” she said.

” These conflicts are underpinned by group-based complaints that often fuel deep-seated feelings of injustice and injustice. “

Kenya has historically had its” handshake “between the opposition and the government to show the world that inclusion is promoted . And although critics have argued that this primarily meets the needs of the elites, Kenya says this was the first step in building a united nation that others should follow.

“A fundamental imperative for effective peace and State-building is to successfully convey important group dynamics and differences related to factors such as skin color, ethnicity, religion, history, social status and others in order to strengthen the feeling of a largely divided nationality and belonging, “she said.

Normally, in open debates of the Security Council, representatives of non-members of the Council and invited guests will speak before the meeting. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will give a speech and academics familiar with identity and diversity.

As President of the Council, Kenya (countries only, not individuals, the Presidency of the Council) will be the second event of the five main meetings of the Council in October this year. However, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to make remarks as Kenya’s representative.