President Uhuru yesterday revealed why he was going to New York even as teachers strike paralyses education in Kenya.
I have left for New York to attend the 70th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Tomorrow, I will attend a summit where the UN is expected to adopt the new post-2015 development agenda, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I will make sure Kenyaâ€™s voice is heard as the world adopts the new development agenda, completing a process which Kenya has actively participated in. President Xi Jinping of China and I will co-chair a panel on women empowerment where Kenya is recognized as one of the leading successes in Africa. I will also speak at a summit on UN peace operations that will be attended by several leaders led by US President Barack Obama. Kenya has long been a significant contributor to the UNâ€™s peacekeeping operations. In preparation for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) which Kenya will be hosting in 2016, I will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. I will affirm joint plans for TICAD as well as follow up on other bilateral matters arising since my visit to Japan early this year. I will participate in high level meetings tackling gender inequality and empowering women; peace, security and counter-terrorism; enhancing investments in Kenya and the African continent; climate change; and trade. I will hold a meeting with the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to discuss matters of interest to the UN and Kenya, including the question of refugees.