President Ruto to deliver first address at UN General Assembly tonight

From left: President William Ruto, Kenya's envoy to UN Martin Kimani, Foreign Policy Adviser Ababu Namwamba, and other delegates during 77th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, US. [Twitter: Kipchumba Murkomen]

President William Ruto will make his maiden address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States on Wednesday, September 21.

According to his Communications Director Hussein Mohamed, Ruto will deliver Kenya’s national statement at about 2 pm New York Time (9 pm Kenya Time).

Ruto's first address to the United Nations will seek to promote Kenya’s foreign policy in the multilateral system, including enhancing participation in the quest for realisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global leadership in emerging issues such as climate change.

The Head of State is also expected to lead Kenya's efforts to strengthen ties with the US guided by the five pillars of bilateral strategic dialogue partnership.

 President William Ruto (left) with Kenya's envoy to UN Martin Kimani (centre) and Ababu Namwamba. [Twitter: Kipchumba Murkomen]

Presidents Joe Biden (U.S) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda) will also address the Assembly on Wednesday.

Ruto left Kenya on Sunday to attend Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday, September 19, in Westminster, United Kingdom, before heading to the United States for the UNGA conference.

He is accompanied by his wife Rachel Ruto, and  a host of leaders including Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.

Ruto also met Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb Martin Kimani.

UNGA started on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, and is expected to end on Monday, September 27.