At UNGA, PM Modi asks international community to stand united against terrorism (VIDEO)

Briefing media ahead of Prime Minister’s visit, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that Prime Minister will focus on several issues including development and climate change.

Written by September 27, 2019 20:57

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to 74th session of UN General Assembly on Friday, exhorted all the nations to unite in the fight against terrorism, saying that it was the greatest threat to humanity.

Without naming Pakistan, PM Modi said there needed to be more anger globally about what terrorism was doing to humanity.

Addressing the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Modi lamented the lack of unanimity amongst the member states on the issue of terrorism, saying it dents those very principles, that are the basis for the creation of the United Nations.

“We believe, that this is one of the biggest challenges, not for any single country, but for the entire world and humanity,” said the Prime Minister in a 20-minute speech.

This was Modi’s second address at the UNGA and his first after taking office for a second five-year term.

Noting that India is a country, that has given the world, not war, but Buddha, Buddha”s message of peace, Modi said, “And that is the reason why, our voice against terrorism, to alert the world about this evil, rings with seriousness and the outrage.”

“And that is why, for the sake of humanity, I firmly believe, that it is absolutely imperative, that the world unites against terrorism, and that the world stands as one against terrorism,” he asserted.

‘India largest contributor in UN peacekeeping missions’

Prime Minister Modi said the largest number of supreme sacrifices made by soldiers of any country for UN peacekeeping missions is from India.

At least 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price while serving with the United Nations.

Modi said the world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, whose message of truth and non-violence is “very relevant for us even today, for peace, development and progress in the world.”

He said India was one of the leading nations in the fight against climate change, though its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions was “very low” as he elaborated on the steps taken by his government to fight climate change.

“On one hand, we are working towards achieving the target of 450 Giga Watts of renewable energy, and on the other hand, we have also taken the initiative to create the International Solar Alliance,” PM Modi said.

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Briefing media ahead of Prime Minister’s visit, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said that Prime Minister will focus on several issues including development and climate change.

Experts believe that Mr Modi’s much-awaited speech is likely to focus on establishing India’s aspiration at the global level apart from talking tough on terrorism emanating from Pakistan. The Prime Minister’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.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that the country’s engagement and outreach at the UN General Assembly will be unprecedented and will result in concrete, tangible, action-oriented outcomes.