Africa’s UN Security Council Members Gather in Nairobi for Strategy Planning

Diplomats from the Caribbean and Africa’s three representatives on the United Nations Security Council are meeting in Nairobi to work on a common agenda as the continent faces three major crises.

The diplomats from hosts Kenya, Tunisia, Niger and Saint Vincent and Grenadines are meeting to agree on a common agenda on peace and security.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau said in a statement that the group, commonly referred to in diplomatic circles as A3+1, is strategising the “execution of peace and security mandate at both the UN Security Council and at the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC)”.

He was referring to the AU’s 15-member body that usually advises on action to be taken when member states face security troubles such as in events related to unconstitutional changes of power.

The meeting in Nairobi is also being attended by representatives from the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations in New York.

The African Group has traditionally worked with the Caribbean, based on historical ties as well as common problems usually discussed at the UN Security Council, to front a common stand on issues such as terrorism, peace and security.

“The A3+1 arrangement has become a formidable part of the UN Security Council Political workings, in addition to providing a critical platform for the prosecution of Africa’s Agenda – and that of the Sixth Region (the Caribbean) – at the UN Security Council,” Mr Kamau said.