Highlights of PM’s UN address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the United Nations General Assembly Friday where he spoke about a host of subjects protecting the climate, fighting terrorism, maintaining global peace and his government’s efforts at helping the marginalized.

This was the second time PM Narendra Modi addressed the UNGCA. Five years back he addressed the annual global forum in 2014 when he first became prime minister.

PM started his 15-minute address by referring to schemes implemented by his government and projects that would his administration plans to undertake. While PM Narendra Modi spoke about terrorism, he skipped mentioning Pakistan — a deliberate move.

Some of the highlights of his speech.

HEALTH:

PM Narendra Modi spoke about the initiatives his government has undertaken to improve health in the country. PM Modi said that under his government, 11 crore toilets have been constructed in just five years and the biggest cleanliness drive had been launched. The prime minister also spoke about the Ayushman Bharat health scheme, saying it was the world’s biggest health insurance scheme that offered 50 crore people free medical coverage of up to Rs 50 lakh.

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC:

“While I was coming here, I read something on the United Nations building: ‘No more single-use plastic’,” PM Modi said, before adding that he was pleased to let the world know that India was in the midst of a major drive to end the use of single-use plastic.

INCLUSIVITY:

PM Narendra Modi repeated his message of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ from the podium as he spoke about India’s culture. The prime minister went on to quote a 3,000-year-old Tamil poem to say inclusivity is India’s strength and tradition.

GLOBAL WARMING:

About global warming, PM Narendra Modi emphasised on the need to tackle climate change. PM Modi said natural disasters all over the world have increased due to global warming. The prime minister went on to note that India was not a major contributor to global warming but is today one of the leading countries devoted to the solving the problem of global warming. “If we see history and per capita emission, then you will see that India’s contribution to global warming has been very less,” PM Narendra Modi said, “But we are among the leading countries taking steps to solve the crisis.”

YUDH NOT BUDH:

India is committed to world peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the United Nations General Assembly. The prime minister noted that sacrifices made by Indian troops on UN Peacekeeping Missions cannot be matched by those from any other country. “We are residents of a country that has given the world not yudh [wars] not budh [Gautam Buddha],” PM Modi said.

TERRORISM:

Calling on the world to unite in the battle against terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said terrorism hurts the principles on which the United Nations was formed. For the sake of humanity, the entire world needs to unite to fight terrorism, PM Narendra Modi said.

HARMONY AND PEACE:

Invoking Swami Vivekananda in Chicago in 1893. PM Narendra Modi said. “The world’s largest democracy still has the same message for the world: Harmony and peace.”

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