At UNGA, PM Modi bats for reforms and a bigger role for India in decision-making
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong pitch for a prominent role for India, the world’s largest democracy and home to 1.3 billion people, in the decision-making structures of the United Nations. He also asserted that reform in the responses, processes and in the very character of the global body is the “need of the hour.”
In his pre-recorded video statement to the landmark General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Modi said the stability in the United Nations and empowerment of the world body are essential for the welfare of the world.
The prime minister’s strong push for UN reforms and the much-delayed expansion of the powerful Security Council came as India will begin its two-year term as an elected non-permanent member of the 15-member Council from January 1 next year.
Modi also assured the United Nations that the largest democracy of the world would help the world in fighting the coronavirus crisis and in the development of a vaccine.
This year’s high-level UN General Assembly is being held in a largely virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, introduced Modi’s pre-recorded statement from the General Assembly Hall.
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