Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the coronavirus pandemic has severely tested the resilience of countries across the world while asserting that India’s response to the deadly infection is a “people’s movement”.
Addressing the High-Level Segment of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Session 2020 via video conference, PM Modi said that India’s grass-roots health system has helped the country ensure “one of the best recovery rates in the world”.
The Prime Minister further noted that India firmly believes that path to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity is through multilateralism, adding that New Delhi has extended help to over 150 countries across the world amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
He also said that India has always prided itself as the first responder in the region – a friend in need noting that a SAARC COVID emergency fund has been created to help countries fight the crisis.
“Be it earthquakes, cyclones, Ebola crisis or any other natural or man-made crisis, India has responded with speed and solidarity. In our joint fight against COVID, we have extended medical and other assistance to over 150 countries,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) quoted PM Modi as saying.
In his address at the UN ECOSOC Session 2020, PM Modi noted that UN was originally born from furies of World War II but the fury of the coronavirus crisis has provided “context for its rebirth and reform”.
He also added that only multilateralism reforms with reformed UN at its center can meet the aspirations of humanity, noting that multilateralism needs to represent reality of contemporary world.
“Today, the United Nations brings together 193 member countries. Along with its membership, the expectations from the organisation have also grown,” PM Modi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Highlighting the importance of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas”, PM Modi said that India’s motto is “together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust” which resonates with the core Sustainable Development Goals principle of leaving no one behind.
PM Modi also said that domestic efforts have helped India play a salient role in achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, adding that the country is also supporting other developing countries in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals.
“India is home to one-sixth of humanity. We are mindful of our weight and responsibility. We know that if India succeeds in achieving its development objectives, it will go a long way in achievement of global goals,” PM Modi said.