If UNO Has To Keep Itself Relevant, It Has To Improve Its Effectiveness, Increase Its Reliability : PM

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 25 September addressed at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He spoke on Pt. Deendayal’s Antyodaya and other issues like the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change etc. Here, we are publishing the excerpts of the speech for our esteemed readers:

Namaskar Friends,
His Excellency Abdullah Shahid Ji

For the last one and a half years, the whole world has been facing the biggest ever pandemic in 100 years. I pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in such a terrible pandemic and express my condolences to the families.

I am representing a country which has the distinction of being named as the ‘Mother of Democracy’. We have had a great tradition of democracy for thousands of years. On this 15th August, India entered its 75th year of independence. Our diversity is the hallmark of our strong democracy.

As the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the longest time and then as the Prime Minister of India for the last 7 years, I have been serving the countrymen in the role of Head of Government for 20 years. And I am saying this from my experience- Yes, Democracy Can Deliver. Yes, Democracy Has Delivered.Mr President,
Today is the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji, the father of ‘Ekatm Manavdarshan’ . ‘Ekatm Manavdarshan’ i.e. Integral Humanism. That is, the co-journey of development and expansion from self to collective.

In the last seven years, more than 430 million people in India have been connected to the banking system, who were so far deprived of it. Today, more than 360 million people who could not have thought of it earlier have also got insurance coverage.
By providing free treatment to more than 50 crore people, India has connected them with quality health service. India has made 30 million pucca houses, homeless families are now home-owners.

Mr President,

Polluted water is a big problem not only in India but in the whole world and especially for poor and developing countries. To tackle this challenge in India, we are running a huge campaign to provide piped clean water to more than 170 million households.

Today we are engaged in providing digital records of their homes and land to millions of people by mapping them with drones in more than 600000 villages of India.

If the United Nations has to keep itself relevant, it has to improve its effectiveness, increase its reliability.

A number of questions are being raised on UN today. We have seen this during the Climate and Covid crisis. The ongoing proxy war in many parts of the world- terrorism and the crisis in Afghanistan have deepened these questions. In the context of the Origin of COVID and with regard to Ease of Doing Business Rankings, global governance institutions have damaged their credibility built up by decades of hard work.

It is essential that we constantly strengthen the UN for the protection of Global Order, Global Laws and Global Values. I am confident that all of us will strive to enhance peace and harmony in the world, make the world healthy, safe and prosperous. Thank you very much

Namaskar !