NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoke at the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019.
PM Modi discussed India’s progress in developing COVID-19 vaccines in his UNGA address. He encouraged vaccine makers to set up in India for manufacturing.
“I would like to inform the UNGA that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine. This can be administered to anyone above the age of 12. At the same time an mRNA vaccine is also in the final stages of development. Indian scientists are also developing a nasal vaccine against COVID19,” Modi said in his address.
“Development should be all-inclusive, universal and one that nurtures all,” Modi said in his address. “When India grows the world grows, when India reforms, the world transforms,” he added.
Modi urged the UN to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan is not to be used for spreading terrorism and terrorist activities. “At this time, the people of Afghanistan, women and children, the minorities there, need help, and we must fulfil our responsibility,” he said.
“The threat of regressive thought and extremism is growing in the eyes of the world today. Under these conditions, the entire world must make science-based, rational, and progressive thinking the foundation for development. Along with regressive thinking, countries that are using terrorism as a political tool have to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat to them,” he added.
PM Modi had his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday and attended his first in-person Quad summit on Friday in the US capital.
In 2019, he had addressed the Assembly in person. In 2020, the high-level session had gone virtual. This time, though, global leaders have been given the option of delivering pre-recorded speeches.
According to the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, a total of 189 heads of state and government will address the General Debate in person. Almost 60 people will give speeches via pre-recorded video statements.
“Building Resilience through Hope to Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect People’s Rights, and Revitalize the United Nations” is the theme of this year’s General Debate.
Last year, world leaders submitted pre-recorded video comments for the UN General Assembly session in September, since the coronavirus epidemic prevented heads of state and government from physically attending the annual conference. The high-level session was held virtually for the first time in the UN’s 75-year history.