UNITED NATIONS– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for urgent reforms at the United Nations to ensure that Africa is allocated two permanent seats on the UN Security Council complete with all attendant rights and prerogatives.

Addressing the 73rd UN General Assembly session here Wednesday, he said that besides the two permanent seats being demanded by the continent, Africa also deserves more non-permanent seats. Currently, Africa has three non-permanent seats on the Security Council, the only UN body with the power to issue binding resolutions to member countries.

Kenya joins in the demand for two permanent seats for Africa, with all the rights and prerogatives of current members, including the right of veto, and additional non-permanent seats, said President Kenyatta, who added that the additional seats would correct the historical injustices which Africa had suffered at the global body over the years.

As we all know, Africa is under-represented in the non-permanent category of the Security Council and not represented at all in the permanent category, President Kenyatta observed. This historical injustice is a clear indication of the skewed system that has perpetuated an exclusive model of governance that fuels the trust gap between nations.

President Kenyatta pointed out that real change at the global body cannot be realized without reforms to the membership of the Security Council. The global governance system needs to reform for it to be relevant and effective in addressing current and emerging global challenges, he added.

He also said that current challenges bedeviling the world require greater co-operation and partnerships so as to achieve better solutions for all. He pledged Kenya’s willingness to play its part by championing for change for the benefit of all.

Today’s problems, risks and threats are complex and call for more not less cooperation, more not less observance of the rule of law, more not less negotiations; we need a rules-based multilateral system, said the President Kenyatta.