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How long will India be kept out of decision-making structures of UN, asks Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday (AP)Premium
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday (AP)

  • There are several instances that point to the need for a serious introspection of the work of the United Nations, says PM Modi in his UNGA speech
  • 'Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?,' asks Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a virtual address at the 75th annual UN General Assembly session on Saturday.

The UN General Assembly this year is largely being held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Majority of world leaders have been delivering pre-recorded speeches at the summit in New York.

Here are the highlights from Modi's speech:

  • "Large scale efforts are being made in India to promote women entrepreneurship and leadership. Indian women, today, are biggest beneficiaries of world's largest micro financing scheme. India is one of those countries where women are provided paid maternity leave of 26 weeks"
  • "In the changed circumstances of the post-pandemic era, we are moving forward with the vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'. A self-reliant India will also be a force multiplier for the global economy"
  • "Starting from January next year, India will also fulfil its responsibility as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. India will always speak in support of peace, security and prosperity"
  • "As the largest vaccine producing country in the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today. India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis," says PM Modi
  • "Even during these very difficult times of the raging pandemic, the pharmaceutical industry of India has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries."
  • "India will not hesitate in raising its voice against enemies of humanity, including terrorism"
  • "India's vaccine production, delivery capacity will be used to help humanity in fighting COVID-19"
  • "Any gesture of friendship by India towards one country is not directed against any third country."
  • "When we were strong, we were never a threat to the world, when we were weak, we never become a burden on the world. How long would a country have to wait particularly when the transformational changes happening in that country affect a large part of the world," says PM Modi
  • "Today, people of India are concerned whether this reform-process will ever reach its logical conclusion. For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?," asks PM Modi at UNGA
  • "Reform in the responses, in the processes, and in the very character of the UN is the need of the hour. It is a fact that the faith and respect that the UN enjoys among the 1.3 billion people in India is unparalleled," says Modi
  • "Over the last 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?," asks PM Modi
  • If we were to make an objective assessment of the performance of UN over the last 75 years, we see several stellar achievements. But at the same time, there are also several instances that point to the need for a serious introspection of the work of the United Nations: Modi
  • "India is proud of the fact that it is one of the Founding Members of the United Nations. On this historic occasion, I have come to this global platform to share the sentiments of 1.3 billion people of India," says PM Modi

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