PM Narendra Modi addresses UNGA: Sustainable development is collective responsibility

By: | Updated: September 25, 2015 11:48 PM

PM Narendra Modi addresses the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda where he speaks about tackling poverty and sustainable development among other issues.

narendra modiPM Narendra Modi speaks about poverty, financial inclusion, sustainable development at  UN summit. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for reform of the UN Security Council, saying it was essential for the world body to inspire confidence and be relevant in the current world realities.

“70 years back, when the horrific second World War came to an end, this organisation came into being, raising hopes of people around the world. We have gathered here to decide a new direction,” he said addressing the UN General Assembly session.

Talking about the global challenges and problems, Modi said, “We need UN reforms so that it inspires confidence and becomes relevant to the current world realities.”

His pitch for UNSC reforms comes amidst India’s strong bid for a permanent seat in the expanded powerful world body.

Modi asserted that the global challenges like climate change and sustainable development are the collective responsibility of all nations as no nation can be immune to any kind of threat.

Modi talked about the need for eradicating poverty and ensuring development as he highlighted that 1.3 billion people around the world are forced to live in poverty.

On the issue of climate change, he maintained that common but differentiated responsibility is the basis for dealing with this challenge.

In this context, he asked the developed nations to fulfill their responsibility of sharing technology, innovation and finances with the developing countries without having any “selfish interest”.

Here are the key highlights of his speech:

  • We are working on financial inclusion in a very big way
  • We are working towards making agriculture more productive and helping farmers suffering from natural adversities
  • It’s either “public sector” or “private sector” that is discussed. We came up with “personal sector”. Individual enterprises constitute the “personal sector”
  • Education and skill development is our priority. We want to empower the poor. We worked on financial inclusion in mission mode
  • Women empowerment is an essential part of our plan: PM Modi
  • If we all want the world to be peaceful & development for the world, poverty needs to be tackled
  • The world is connected and dependent on each other. Our international partnerships need to be centred on progress of humanity
  • The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities is the bedrock of our enterprise for a sustainable world
  • We need to create a world where everyone feels safe, is respected and has opportunities to grow
  • Our international relations need to keep development of the mankind at the centre
  • I hope that technology facilitation, technology innovation will contribute a lot to the development of the world
  • A global education program needs to be started so that future generations learn to form a relationship with Nature

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