External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 26 in New York.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 26 in New York. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the UNGA session for the first time in three years, according to the provisional agenda released by the UN. The General Debate will open on September 20 and will run through September 26, when Swaraj will address the annual high-level debate. PM Modi had given his maiden address to the UN General Assembly as Prime Minister in 2014, when addressing the world leaders in Hindi he had also made a clarion call to commemorate an annual International Yoga Day.
According to the provisional list, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Maithrapala Sirisena of Sri Lanka are also expected to address the world leaders. As per tradition, Brazil’s president opens the General Debate every year and is followed by the US President. The 71st session of the General Assembly will open on September 13. The General Debate will open on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world,’ as announced by President-elect Peter Thomson last month. The UN General Assembly will also host a high-level summit on September 19 to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.
In 2015 when Swaraj addressed the UNGA, PM Narendra Modi was all praises for the Minister. He said, “Sushma Swaraj has wonderfully highlighted India’s contribution to UN and shared India’s vision of what UN must be in the 21st century”. “In her speech Sushma Swaraj has rightly emphasised on the need to end all forms of terror & make the world a peaceful place to live in,” he added. In her speech, Swaraj hit out at Pakistan and also told the UNGA that the world cannot afford to differentiate between good terror and bad terror.