Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau has inaugurated the A3+1 Retreat, in Nairobi, as part of Kenya’s execution of her peace and security mandate at both the UN Security Council and at the African Union Peace and Security Council.
The A-3 refers to the bloc of the three African members of the UN Security Council, where Niger, Kenya and Tunisia are its current members, with the A-3 plus 1 incorporating the additional member of the Caribbean region, presently Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, in New York, is also participating in the retreat.
PS Kamau welcomed the visiting delegations of the A3+1, noting, with appreciation that the A3+1 arrangement had become a formidable part of the UN Security Council political workings, in addition to providing a critical platform for the prosecution of Africa’s Agenda – and that of the Sixth Region (the Caribbean) – at the UN Security Council.
He said Kenya was delighted to host the retreat to allow to facilitate talks that will reinvigorate and energize the work of the A3+1 and looked forward to the adoption of a common approach to African matters. This, Kamau said, was vital in the development of lasting working method and institutional capabilities that would provide the necessary protection to the legacy of the A3+1.
The visiting delegates thanked the government of Kenya for demonstrating leadership in the hosting of the retreat, noting that Kenya’s membership of the UN Security Council had been a positive development to the workings and dynamism of the A3+1 in New York.
The delegates further noted that Kenya’s membership to the Council had brought the necessary gravitas that allowed for serious engagements and deliberations on African issues at the UNSC.