Prime Minister NARENDRA MODI’s first speech at the UN after INDIA’S election to the security council on June 17, with 184 votes out of the total 192 polled, India won the UN non-permanent seat for the eighth time.
MODI lauding India’s health care system in dealing with the spread of COVID-19 credited the “grass-root health system” in helping the country ensure that one of the best recovery rates in the world.
He said, “We are also on track to remove TB by 2025”. Also said earthquakes, cyclones, Ebola crisis, or any other natural or man-made crisis, INDIA has responded with speed and solidarity. In our joint fight against COVID, we have extended medical and other assistance to over 150 countries.
He further said, “our motto is SABKA SAATH, SABKA VISHWAS – meaning ‘together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind.”
Also, he delivered the keynote address at the High-Level segment of ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), the Prime Minister spoke at the valedictory session along with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
India is home to one-sixth of humanity. We are mindful of our weight and responsibility. We know that if India succeeds in achieving its development objectives, it will go a long way in the achievement of global goals.
INDIA contributed to shaping the ECOSOC agenda; India was among the 50 founding members of the UNITED NATION immediately after the Second World War. A lot has changed since then from the very beginning; India has actively supported the UN’s development work and ECOSOC. The first president of ECOSOC was an INDIAN. India is also contributed to shaping the agenda of ECOSOC.
“Against the backdrop of a changing international environment and the unfolding COVID-19, the session will focus on critical forces shaping the course of multilateralism and explore ways to bolster the multilateral agenda through strong multilateral leadership, effective international institutions, a broadening of participation and an enhanced focus on global public goods’’, the permanent mission of INDIA to the UN said in a statement.
This year’s theme also resonates with India’s priority for its security council tenure in which NEW DELHI has called for reformed multilateralism in a post-COVID-19 world.
Article Written By SOMANATH SAHU
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