Kenyans join Uhuru Kenyatta in making final pitch for powerful UNSC seat


Canada needed 128 seats - or two-thirds of the voting members of the assembly.

Each new Security Council member needs to win two-thirds of the votes cast - meaning 128 votes if all 193 nations vote.

India, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and Norway were the other countries who fronted their candidature.

"A vote for Kenya is a vote for multilateralism", he told permanent representatives of various countries to the United Nations hosted by Kenya during a virtual campaign on Tuesday night.

Illustrative: The UN Security Council holds a meeting, at United Nations headquarters, November 20, 2019.

Yet, Canadian policies calling for sanctions against countries known to be human rights violators, and welcoming political asylum-seekers, eroded under the previous Conservative government - and despite expectations to the contrary, they were not improved under the current Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The five winners will join the council on January 1, 2021, for a 2-year term.

"I think there is a gap between what we say and what we do - on peacekeeping, on climate change, on the provision of official development assistance", said Bociurkiw.

Canada sees the Security Council seat as an opportunity "to build sustainable peace, and to make real progress on the issues that matter", he said, citing "clean air, a real shot at success, a fairer economy, and just society".

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Others made a decision to shine the spotlight on Barack Obama instead, some even declaring June 14th to be Obama Day . Photos of the event showed the cadets adhering to social distancing guidelines, while some were seen wearing masks.

India is expected to get a clear win in the elections having been endorsed by Asian states which do not have any other candidate.

Trudeau said Wednesday's loss will not deter Canada's engagement on the global stage on issues such as climate change and gender equality.

India's UN Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said the country "will become a member of the Security Council at a critical juncture and we are confident that in the COVID and in post-COVID world India will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system".

"He sold out Canada's principles for a personal vanity project and still lost", Scheer said in a statement.

Adam Chapnick, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada and author of a recent book on the Security Council, said Norway and Ireland had massive head starts on Canada.

Now unshackled, we can proceed to take a harder line on these risky regimes.

Tunisia will begin 2021 as the President of the Council in January, followed by a month each for the rest of the year by the United Kingdom, the US, Vietnam, China, Estonia, France, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Niger.

Meanwhile, Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir was elected president of the UN's 75th General Assembly.

The 18 candidates for seats in the Economic and Social Council all ran unopposed and were elected. Greece, Cyprus and Armenia asked for a vote rather than electing him by consensus.