UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday (12/10) reminded the importance of respecting diversity in a speech he delivered at the open debate on diversity, country-building and the search for peace at the UN Security Council.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened inequalities, and undermined development and peace outcomes. These inequalities and weak governance structures create a vacuum that is easily filled by voices of intolerance and extremism that can lead to violent conflict,” Guterres told delegates.
In line with Guterres, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that “many countries today seem incapable of managing diversity. We have built a global system that increases divisions not only between, but also within countries.”
“A system that believes that there is a race or sex that is lower, or higher, or religion is closer to God than others,” Kenyatta told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.
Kenya currently holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, a post which rotates monthly. That’s why Kenyatta is in the United States. Kenya has also been known to be quite vocal among other African countries in voicing their opinions regarding the war that took place in Ethiopia. (ka/lt)