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Modi’s speech at High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC: Key points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the United Nation at the high-level segment of its Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), his first since India was elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council in June.

Here are the Highlights:

  • Today, the UN brings together 193 member nations. Along with its membership, the expectations from the nation have also grown

  • India was among the 50 founding members of the United Nations, today the UN brings together 193 countries, expectations have grown and multilateralism is facing challenges

  • From the very beginning, India has actively supported the UN’s development work and the ECOSOC. The first president of ECOSOC was an Indian. India also contributed to shaping the ECOSOC agenda

  • Multilateralism is facing many challenges today. India has contributed to ECOSOC agenda, and we are again playing a salient role

  • India will play its role in full support of the UN agenda

  • We have always prided ourselves as first responder in our region as a friend in need, be it earthquakes or any natural or man made crisis, India has responded with speed and solidarity

  • Ayushman Bharat is the world’s largest health programme. Our grassroot health system is helping India with one of the best recovery rates in the world in tackling COVID19

  • Our motto is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas’ – meaning ‘Together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust’. This resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind

  • 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

  • Today, through our domestic efforts, we are again playing a salient role in achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. We are also supporting other developing countries in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals.- ‘Making great progress through our inclusive policies’

  • Our ‘Housing for All’ programme will ensure that every Indian will have a safe and secure roof over their head by 2022, when India completes 75 years as an independent nation

  • COVID19 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 civil society

  • 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

  • Only reformed multilateralism with reformed UN at its center can meet aspirations of humanity

The UN Charter established ECOSOC in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the wold body. It is mandated to offer direction to and undertake the coordination of the economic, social, and cultural activities of the UN with responsibility for advancing international economic and social cooperation and development.


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