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Watch Live: President Ruto to address UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday

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On Wednesday night in New York, at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Ruto is expected to deliver his inaugural speech.

Kenya’s national statement will be delivered by Ruto at 2 p.m. New York Time (9 p.m. East African Time), according to Hussein Mohamed, his director of communications.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya would work to advance its foreign policy within the multilateral framework, including expanding engagement in the global effort to achieve the SDGs and take the lead on rising global concerns like climate change.

“Participation at the highest level in the UNGA is particularly important for Kenya as the country seeks to complete the second year of its non-permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council,” the ministry said in a brief.

At the bilateral level, President Ruto will take the helm in Kenya’s efforts to strengthen ties with the United States of America in accordance with the five pillars of a partnership for bilateral strategic discussion.

Wednesday’s assembly will also hear speeches from Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Joe Biden of the United States.

On Sunday, Ruto traveled out of the country to London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II before taking a flight to New York to attend the UNGA meeting.

Along with other prominent figures, he is accompanied by his wife Rachel Ruto, former Chief Administrative Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ababu Namwamba, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet, and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.

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