At UN session, PM bats for ‘reformed multilateralism’

PTI United Nations | Updated on July 17, 2020

Asserting that only reformed multilateralism can meet the aspirations of humanity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the United Nations was originally born from the furies of the Second World War and the fury of the Covid-19 pandemic provides the context for its “rebirth and reform”.

Addressing the high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session via a video link, Modi said the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UN is an opportunity to assess its role and relevance in today’s world. Noting that a lot has changed since its formation, he said the UN now brings together 193 member countries and along with its membership, the expectations from the organisation have also grown.

At the same time, multilateralism is facing many challenges, he said in the address -- his first since India was overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council last month.

The Prime Minister urged all nations, while celebrating 75 years of the UN, to pledge to reform the global multilateral system.

Published on July 17, 2020

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