President Uhuru Kenyatta has identified the rampant mismanagement of diversity leading to institutionalized exclusion and marginalization of communities and nations as a major threat to global peace and security.
"That exclusion is often institutionalized in governance and economic relations at the national and global level. It manifests in stereotyping and bigotry. The result is a profound sense of grievance and bitterness that populists and demagogues can easily exploit.
"This is so especially, when such feelings and narratives are carried by social media and its’ spreading of misinformation, disinformation, and narratives that are often laced with incitement and extremism tendencies.
“It leads to trust in institutions deteriorating and state legitimacy weakening. It is fodder for terrorism, insurgencies, and the rise of xenophobia, hate speech, divisive tribalism and racism,” he said.
President Kenyatta spoke on Tuesday in New York when he chaired the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) high-level open debate on peacebuilding and sustainable peace, covering diversity, state-building and search for peace as key subjects of discussion.
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