Oct 21, 2021

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

This danger has led Nairobi to include in its October program a high-level, open debate on peacebuilding and the impact of diversity on the search for peace in conflict regions.

The meeting in New York will be the first in person President Uhuru Kenyatta will meet as President of the UN Security Council in October this year.

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

In common parlance, identity is viewed as a sense of belonging to a particular group, such as a religion, tribe, race, or economic class. Diversity is the way politics addresses the concerns of each group to ensure that resources are fairly distributed 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, 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 drive more people to harness and sometimes weaponize diversity to respond to the disorienting changes brought about by economic crises.” Crises may have started earlier but have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, it says in the document.

These crises could be the result of rapid urbanization displacing some indigenous communities, youth unemployment, growing inequality, environmental stress and the rise in the negative impact of social media that has fueled the wrong 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.”

< As is the tradition in the open debates of the UN Security Council, the President will chair a largely thematic session, which will be hosted by. Nairobi is proposed, but endorsed by the other council members. Today's session is titled "Open High-Level Debate on Peacebuilding and Sustainable Peace: Diversity, State-Building and the Search for Peace".

Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo says the meeting will take place Help countries share their experiences. how they deal with questions of identity.

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

“This Conflicts are underpinned by group-based complaints that often fuel deep-seated feelings of injustice and injustice. “

Kenya has historically used its” handshake “between opposition and 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.