"Fury of the Covid-19 pandemic provides the context for rebirth and reform of UN," says PM Modi

On July 17th, addressing the session ‘Multilateralism after COVID-19: what kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?’ via video link, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Only reformed multilateralism can meet the aspirations of humanity. The United Nations was originally born from the furies of the 2nd world war, the fury of the Covid-19 pandemic provides the context for its rebirth and reform.”

This was his first address to the UN Membership since India was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council last month. He urged all nations to pledge to reform the multilateral system, enhance the UN’s relevance, its effectiveness, and make it the basis of a new type of "human-centric globalization.” Pointing out that a lot has changed since the formation of the UN, Modi proposed to bring together 193 member countries and along with its membership. 

PM Modi

"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 said.

Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, Modi said it 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 reiterated how India's developmental motto of 'SabkaSaath, SabkaVikaas, Sabka Vishwas' resonates with the core of UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and how the Indian government has given the highest priority to reach benefits to poor households and announced a package of more than USD 300 billion.

"Last year, we celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, by achieving full sanitation coverage in our six hundred thousand villages," said PM Modi, “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,” he continued.

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