On Wednesday, Kenya defeated Djibouti at the African Union to become the region's sole candidate for the non-permanent seat of the United Nations.
Kenya earning 37 votes against Djibouti's 1
Kenya the greenlight to continue.
Kenya the greenlight to continue working with the international fraternity.
In a note sent to the diplomatic community in Nairobi, the Foreign Affairs ministry thanked AU members who voted for Nairobi, […]
" The Ministry reaffirms Kenya's contributions to the United Nations Charter, and specifically the role of the United Nations Security Council, "said the letter, known as a" note verbale ", emphasizing Kenya's Contribution to peacekeeping missions and regional peace and security
Nairobi said in a letter to the more than 140 diplomatic missions accredited to Kenya, that "winning the seat will give it an opportunity to contribute to the UN" agenda.
The UNSC is the most powerful organ of the United Nations, tasked with ensuring peace and security of the world. While it has 15 members, only five permanent members (UK, US, China, France and Russia) as well as listing al-Shabaab as a terrorist group, lifting sanctions on a country or admitting new members.  As a non-permanent member, Kenya may not have been veto powers, but it could be in a position to be a lobby for a political solution, in say, the ongoing a dispute with Somalia over the maritime boundary, currently at the international Court of Justice (ICJ).
The ICJ, which is a UN organ, often needs the UNSC to enforce its decisions. But the Council is also a playground for supremacy political battles, making enforcement subject to national interest of each of the five permanent members.
The US pulled out of the compulsory jurisdiction of ICJ after the court ruled against them in the past, while China has passed in the past decisions of UN tribunal.
Kenya also wants to lobby for al-Shabaab to be listed as a terrorist group, separate from al- Qaeda and ISIS. Currently, Nairobi argues listing al-Shabaab as an affiliate of the other two makes it difficult to impose targeted sanctions on the militants, including denying humanitarian access to the areas they control.
Being on the Council, Kenya believes, could offer a chance to influence agenda, and present a deeper argument directed at al-Shabaab. In the thank-you note, Kenya was trying to tie down its support. [ENThepresentarticleisnotavailableinthecurrentversionKenya
The AU endorsed this week meant Kenya
Normally, the endorsement of a regional bloc would be a candidate of the bloc's votes.
This child of loophole fuelled Djibouti's refusal to concede, with their Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammed Siad Doualeh indicating they will stay in the race.
On Friday, some Kenyan diplomats indicated they were not worried about Djibouti's about-turn, after their Permanent Representative to the African Union Mohammed Idris Farah initially conceded defeat.
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"We want to continue to reach out to everyone to reassure our intention to safeguard the interests of our region," the diplomat added.
While Kenya remained conciliatory, Djibouti was sore at the loss, saying it will stay in the race. Kenya's campaign could, however, have been boosted by the fact that the African Union has actually informed the group of African ambassadors at the UN it had endorsed Kenya.