Fury of the pandemic gives the context for rebirth and reform of the UN: PM Modi


United Nations, July 17

The fury of the COVID-19 pandemic gives the context for the “rebirth and reform” of the United Nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Friday, calling on nations to pledge to reform the worldwide multilateral system to reinforce its relevance and make it the idea of a brand new sort of “human-centric globalisation”.

Addressing the high-level phase of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session by way of a video hyperlink, Modi stated the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN was a chance to evaluate its position and relevance in immediately’s world.

Noting that rather a lot had modified since its formation, he stated the UN now introduced collectively 193 member nations and together with its membership, the expectations from the organisation had additionally grown.

It was the Indian Prime Minister’s first tackle to the broader UN membership after India was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the highly effective Security Council final month.

“India firmly believes that the path to achieving sustainable peace and prosperity is through multilateralism. As children of planet Earth, we must join hands to address our common challenges and achieve our common goals. However, multilateralism needs to represent the reality of the contemporary world,” Modi stated.

Addressing the session ‘Multilateralism after COVID-19: what kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?’, he underscored that solely “reformed multilateralism” with a reformed United Nations at its centre might meet the aspirations of humanity.

“Today, while celebrating 75 years of the United Nations, let us pledge to reform the global multilateral system. To enhance its relevance, to improve its effectiveness, and to make it the basis of a new type of human-centric globalisation. The United Nations was originally born from the furies of the Second World War. Today, the fury of the pandemic provides the context for its rebirth and reform. Let us not lose this chance,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated.

Modi stated on the High-Level session that India had been elected to the Security Council at this crucial time.

“With our deep commitment to maintaining global harmony, to improving socio-economic equity, and to preserving nature’s balance, India will play its role in full support of the UN agenda,” the Prime Minister stated.

Modi informed stated as nations mark the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, it was an event to recognise the UN’s many contributions to human progress and in addition a chance to evaluate the UN’s position and relevance in immediately’s world and to form a greater future for it.

India was among the many 50 founding members of the United Nations instantly after the Second World War however rather a lot has modified since then, he stated including that immediately the UN brings collectively 193 member nations.

“Along with its membership, the expectations of the organisation have also grown. At the same time multilateralism is facing many challenges today.”

The High-Level Segment of ECOSOC comes because the COVID19 pandemic is ravaging the world and inflicting unprecedented well being and financial challenges.

Modi stated the COVID-19 pandemic has “severely tested” the resilience of all nations. “In India, we have tried to make the fight against the pandemic a people’s movement, by combining the efforts of Government and society,” he added.

He highlighted that the Indian authorities had given the very best precedence to succeed in advantages to poor households and introduced a bundle of greater than $300 billion.

“It will bring the economy back on track, build modern infrastructure and put in place a technology-driven system. We have put forward a vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ a self-reliant and Resilient India, integrated with the global economy.”

Modi had earlier delivered the keynote tackle just about on the 70th anniversary of the ECOSOC in January 2016. India has had an extended custom of shut affiliation with ECOSOC, one of many six principal organs of the United Nations. The inaugural Presidency of ECOSOC in 1946 was held by Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar of India.

Modi stated India helped shape the ECOSOC agenda, together with the Sustainable Development Goals and thru its home efforts, India is once more enjoying a salient position in reaching Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are also supporting other developing countries in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals. 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 achievement of global goals,” Modi stated.

“Our motto is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas’, meaning ‘Together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust,” he stated.

Modi stated in India’s battle in opposition to COVID, the grass-roots well being system helps the nation guarantee probably the greatest restoration charges on the earth.

“We are also on track to remove TB by 2025. Other developing countries can learn from the scale and success of India’s development programmes. And from the technologies and innovations, we have deployed. It is this realisation that underpins India’s own development partnership with the global South.”

“Be it 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. We also helped create a SAARC COVID emergency fund in our neighbourhood,” he added. PTI



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