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Raila wants UN reformed

By | September 26th 2009

By Mutinda Mwanzia

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called for reforms within the United Nations to enable it meet emerging global challenges.

Raila singled out the Security Council, saying it must be enlarged and made more democratic and representative of current reality.

ÒPart of the enlargement must include permanent, veto-bearing seats for Africa,Ó said Raila.

He said the world could no longer marginalise Africa, which is home to nearly one billion people.

ÒThis is wrong in principle but even more it is wrong in practice. We cannot find sustainable solutions to our challenges when such a large part of humanity is given so little voice and role in that quest for peace,Ó said Raila.

He said Kenya was committed to ensuring unity among member states in pursuing a more humane, secure, united and prosperous world.

Speaking during the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Raila called for the upgrading of UNEP in Nairobi so that it can become the central environmental institution handling the numerous conventions.

He regretted the emergence of multiple centres dealing with environmental issues adding it reduced their impact and sometimes even led to conflicting actions.

He said the UN Office in Nairobi should be elevated to the same level as those in Geneva and Vienna to enable it deliver its core services effectively.

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