World leaders have gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). All eyes are on the general debate at UN heaquarters where world leaders highlight the issues that matter most to their countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the annual high-level UN General Assembly session on September 27.
PM MODI’s speech at UNGA comes at a time when India is ready to play a larger role on the world stage. India has made significant improvements in almost all international rankings and indices. At various global platform, India has forcefully raised the issue of terrorism, and said no country in the world today was safe from it. India, a victim of cross-border terrorism, has called for efforts to eliminate terrorism in all its forms. India has maintained that a terrorist attack, anywhere in the world should be considered as terrorism, not good or bad terrorism. India has also emphasized the need for an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on Global Terrorism.
Due to growing prominence of India on the world stage, Indis has also called for an early reform of the UN Security Council and expansion of its permanent and non-permanent members. India has said that the 21st century had its own set of challenges, and the United Nations needs to reflect contemporary realities.
Besides, efforts for poverty alleviation, affordable health care services to all, quality education could be another areas of focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at UNGA. In the face of worsening climate change, Prime Minister may also draw attention of world leaders towards some of the key initiatives towards climate change, including campaigns against single-use plastic, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Ujala scheme, Saubhagya Scheme , Zero Effect, Zero Defect policy among others. Prime Minister may also point out country’s remarkable progress in moving towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
In his previous address at UNGA in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had received standing ovation from the world leaders after he introduced them the benefits of Yoga,
PM Narendra Modi, who is leading efforts to scrap single-use plastics by 2022, is set to launch the campaign against single use plastic on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.