New Delhi (NVI): India’s coronavirus vaccine production and delivery capacity will help all humanity in fighting the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said.
PM Modi while addressing the virtual 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) said, “Even during these very difficult times of the raging pandemic, the pharmaceutical industry of India has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 26, 2020
The Prime Minister’s address was a pre-recorded video statement which was broadcast at the UNGA hall in New York as it is being conducted mostly virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the largest vaccine producing country of the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today. India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis,” Modi said.
“Today, the people of India are concerned whether this reform process will ever reach its logical conclusion. For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?” PM Modi asked at UNGA.
It is a fact that the faith and respect that the UN enjoys among the 1.3 billion people in India is unparalleled, he pointed out.
“When we were strong, we were never a threat to the world. When we were weak, we never become a burden on the world. How long would a country have to wait particularly when the transformational changes happening in that country affect a large part of the world?” he said.
“India is that country, which in the course of maintaining peace, has lost the maximum number of its brave soldiers. Today every Indian, while seeing the contribution of India in UN, aspires for India’s expanded role in the United Nations,” he added.
He also said that the United Nations need to change its reactions, arrangements and appearance to stay relevant. “Today we are in a different era all together… There is a big question in front of the whole world community that whether the institution that was formed under the circumstances of that time is still relevant today,” PM Modi said during his address.
“If we evaluate the achievements of the United Nations in the last 75 years, many achievements are seen. There are also many examples, which raise the need for serious introspection in front of the United Nations,” Modi said. “Reform in the responses, processes and in the very character of the UN is the need of the hour,” he added.
The Prime Minister added, “Starting from January next year, India will also fulfil its responsibility as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. India will always speak in support of peace, security and prosperity.”
“India will not hesitate in raising its voice against the enemies of humanity, human race and human values these include terrorism, smuggling of illegal weapons, drugs and money-laundering,” the PM added.
In addition to this, PM Modi said, “In the changed circumstances of the post-pandemic era, we are moving forward with the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. A self-reliant India will also be a force multiplier for the global economy.”
The theme of the 75th UNGA is “The future we want, the United Nations we need, reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting the Covid-19 through effective multilateral action’.