Narendra Modi UN Address LIVE Updates | Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for “reforms” and “changes in reactions” of the United Nations as he questioned what has the international body done for the world as it has been struggling to fight Covid-19.
The PM is delivering a virtual address at the annual UN General Assembly on Saturday. Modi’s pre-recorded video statement is being broadcast at the UN General Assembly hall in New York (6:30 pm IST). Sources said that in his 21-minute speech, Modi will pitch for more transparency in the process of listing and delisting of terror entities and individuals by the UN sanction committees.
The UN General Assembly this year is largely being held online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Majority of world leaders are delivering pre-recorded speeches at the summit in New York. Some of the priority issues for India at the ongoing 75th session of UN General Assembly will be to push for strengthening global action against terrorism.
In its journey towards progress, India wants to learn from the world as well as share its own experiences with the world. I am confident that on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the United Nations and its member countries will endeavour with a strong commitment to maintain the relevance of this great institution: PM Modi.
Following the circumstances created after pandemic, we are moving forward with the vision of "self-reliant India". There will also be a force multiplier for global economy, a self-reliant India campaign. In India, it is being ensured that the benefits of all schemes, without any discrimination, reach every citizen: PM
Extending Friendship to 1 Nation Not against Another: PM | When India extends the hand of friendship to someone, it is not against any third country. When India strengthens the development partnership, there is no thought of forcing a partner country behind it. We never lag behind sharing experiences from our development journey: PM Modi.
Ideals of India, UN Shared: PM | When we were strong, we were never a threat to the world, when we were weak, we never became a burden. Ideals on which the the UN was founded and India's very own fundamental philosophy have much in common. Within the halls of the UN, one has often heard the words, the world is one family. We treat the whole world as a family: PM Modi
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts against what he called rising Islamophobia. Addressing the UN General Assembly in a prerecorded message, Khan said that rising global nationalism has "accentuated Islamophobia" and said that Muslims "continue to be targeted with impunity in many countries." "Incidents in Europe including republication of blasphemous sketches by Charlie Hebdo are recent examples," Khan said.
Sources said that in his 21-minute speech, Modi will pitch for more transparency in the process of listing and delisting of terror entities and individuals by the UN sanction committees. Being one of the largest troops contributing nations to the UN, India will also seek to engage intensively in finalising of mandates for the UN peacekeeping mission.
Sources said continuing with active engagement on issues relating to sustainable development and climate change will be another priority for India. India will also highlight its role as a “pharmacy to the world” while elaborating on its contribution to global cooperation against Covid-19 by aiding more than 150 countries, sources said.
India’s role as a South-South development partner, especially in the context of the India-UN development partnership fund will also be explained at the summit.
Modi’s recorded speech at the UN follows India’s strong rebuttal to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s speech at the forum on Friday. Khan had spoken about India’s internal affairs, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, during his pre-recorded video statement. First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Mijito Vinito, walked out when Khan started his “diatribe” about India.
Later, Vinito delivered a scathing response to Khan’s “incessant rant” and “venom”, saying the “only crowning glory” that Pakistan has to show to the world for the last seven decades is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majoritarian fundamentalism and clandestine nuclear trade.
“This august forum witnessed a new low on its 75th anniversary. The leader of Pakistan today called for those who incite hate and violence to be outlawed. But as he went on, we were left wondering, was he referring to himself?” Vinito said, making India’s Right of Reply.