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Narendra Modi delivers keynote address at High-Level Segment of ECOSOC

PM calls for a reformed multilateralism with a reformed United Nations at its center

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New Delhi , 17 Jul 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a keynote address virtually at this year’s High-Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session on  Friday, 17th July 2020 at the United Nations in New York.This was the first address by PM to the broader UN membership since India’s overwhelming election as a non- permanent member of the Security Council on 17th June, for the term 2021-22.The theme of the High-Level Segment of the ECOSOC this year is “Multilateralism after COVID19:  What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary”.Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UN, this theme also resonates with India’s priority for its  forthcoming membership of theUN Security Council.  Prime Minister reiterated India’s call for a ‘reformed multilateralism’ in a post-COVID-19 world, which reflects the realities of  the contemporary world.In his address, PM recalled India’s long association with the ECOSOC and the UN’s developmental work, including for the Sustainable Development  Goals. He noted that India’s developmental motto of ‘SabkaSaath,  SabkaVikaas,  Sabka Vishwas’ resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind. 

Prime Minister pointed out that India’s success in improving the socio-economic indicators of its vast populationhas a significant impact on global SDG targets.He spoke about  India’s commitment to also support other developing countries in meeting their SDG targets.He spoke about India’s ongoing development efforts, including for improving access to  sanitation through the “Swacch Bharat Abhiyan”, empowering women, ensuring financial inclusion, and expanding availability of housing and healthcare through flagship  schemes such as the “Housing for All” programme and the “Ayushman Bharat” scheme.Prime Minister also highlighted India’s focus on environmental sustainability and bio- diversity conservation, and recalled India’s leading role in the establishment of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.Speaking  about India’s role in its region as a first responder, Prime Minister recalled the support provided by the Indian government and Indian pharma companies for ensuring medicine  supplies to different countries, and for coordinating a joint response strategy among SAARC countries.This was the second time that Prime Minister addressed the ECOSOC. He  had earlier delivered the keynote address at the 70thanniversary of the ECOSOC in January 2016.

 

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