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UN must tackle crisis of confidence: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through video conferencing on Tuesday,

Narendra Modi

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 Sep 2020 1:17 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through video conferencing on Tuesday, said with respect to the 'UN declaration' adopted earlier during the day, "While much has been achieved, the original 'Mission' remains unfulfilled. And the far-reaching declaration that we are adopting today acknowledges that work still needs to be done: In preventing conflict, in ensuring development, in addressing climate change, in reducing inequalities, and in leveraging digital technologies. The declaration also acknowledges the need for reform of the United Nations itself."

Prime Minister Modi added, "Without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence and today's challenges cannot be fought with outdated structures." He added, "For today's interconnected world, we need a reformed multilateralism that reflects today's realities; gives voice to all stakeholders; addresses contemporary challenges; and focuses on human welfare. India looks forward to working with all other nations towards this end."

The Prime Minister said that 75 years ago, an institution was created for the entire world for the first time in human history and a new hope arose from the horrors of war. He added that being a founding signatory of the UN Charter, India was part of that noble vision which reflected India's own philosophy of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' — which sees all creation as a family.

Paying tributes to those who advanced the cause of peace and development including the UN Peacekeeping Missions, the Prime Minister said, "Our world today is a better place because of the United Nations." (PIB)

IANS adds: Dressed in his trademark kurta and a leaf green vest with dark micro checks, Modi stood beside the Indian tricolour as he delivered his recorded remarks.

Modi came in at number 104 in a line of more than 180 other country leaders who are turning up in set-piece frames to deliver more than 700 minutes of content on a single video loop for an ambient global audience.

The PM's speech was prefaced by a welcome note from TS Tirumurti, India's permanent representative to the United Nations.

The UN marked its 75th anniversary in June this year at a scaled down event, because the coronavirus was already raging by then. About 50 countries signed on to the U.N. Charter in San Francisco on June 26, 1945.

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