Reform in UN need of hour: PM Modi in UNGA address

New DelhiPrime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday pushed for the reforms in the global body. “Till when do we have to wait? Till when will India be kept away from the UN’s decision-making process?” the PM said.

PM Modi reminded the UN that 130 crore Indians still believed in its ideals, but said the global body needed to adapt and change to stay relevant in current times.

“Reform is needed at the United Nations and India is waiting for that reform,” Modi said.

The Security Council is the UN’s highest-decision making forum. There are five permanent members – the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and France.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s UN General Assembly is being held virtually, as almost all world leaders are delivering their speeches in a pre-recorded video format.

Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of PM Modi’s speech at UN General Assembly:

  • India is proud of the fact that it is the founding member of UN. The world was significantly different in 1945. The problems, solutions were all different. The challenges of our present and future are now different. The international community is faced with an important question. Is the UN of 1945 still relevant?

  • It is true that the Third World War did not happen to say, but it cannot be denied that there have been many wars, many civil wars, many terror attacks that kept the rivers of blood flowing. In these wars, in these attacks, the people who were killed were human beings like you.

  • Changes in UN reactions, changes in arrangements, change in appearance- Today is the need of the hour. People of India have been waiting for a long time to complete the process that is going on with the reforms of the United Nations. People of India are worried whether this process will ever reach the logical end. After all, how long India will be kept separate from the decision making structures of the United Nations.

  • When we were weak, we didn’t trouble the world. When we became strong, we didn’t become a burden on the world. Till when do we have to wait? The ideals of UN and the India’s main principles are similar. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has echoed in the UN halls many a time.

  • India has always stressed on vishwa-kalyan in the UN. India is looking at an extended role in the UN. The International Day of Non-Violence and Yoga was given by India. India has always thought about the welfare of the world. From our neighbourhood first policy to look-east policy, are all guided by these principles.

  • Over 150 countries were sent medical supplies by Indian Pharma during the pandemic. Our vaccine production will help in bringing the world out of the pandemic. We are moving towards Phase 3 of clinical trials. We are increasing infra and will help others increase it.

  • India will stand for Shanti, Suraksha and Samridhi. We will always oppose drugs, illegal weapons, etc. India’s experience will strengthen the way for vishwa kalyan. India brought changes through the Reform-Perform-Transform process.

  • In 4-5 years, linking 400-500 million with the banking system was not easy. India is one of the leaders in digital transactions globally. We are working on making the country TB-free by 2025. India has also initiated a huge process of connecting villages with optical fibre.

  • Atmanirbhar Bharat program will be a force-multiplier for the world economy. 

  • We are promoting women enterprises.  India is one of the countries where women get 26 weeks’ paid maternity leave. India has brought legal reforms for security of transgender community.

  • On the occasion of the 75th anniversary, let us all dedicate ourselves for the welfare of the world.

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