President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the rebuilding of the United Nations (UN) system to better address global crises including the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted developing and emerging economies.

Kenyatta says that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the global vulnerabilities of the United Nations. 

“In this regard, now more than ever, we are called on to reflect on the words of the UN Charter that urge us to employ international machinery for the economic and social advancement of all.

“It is, indeed, a call for meaningful international partnerships and multilateral cooperation to build back better together,” President Kenyatta said.

The President's made the remarks in a statement delivered Monday evening during the virtual high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN.

The high-level meeting theme “The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’ was chaired by Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir who is the President of this year’s UNGA.

Accirding to President Kenyatta, global challenges have unprecedentedly intensified, citing innovation and technology that have created great opportunities while at the same time unleashing challenges that would have been unimaginable to the visionaries who created the UN.

“Therefore, I do believe it is incumbent upon us to rethink how we can build a better United Nations.  But in order to Build Back Better, the United Nations system, we must ensure that it is closer to the people, more representative of the 21st Century and in line with the spirit of leaving no one behind,” the President said.