UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India’s grass-roots health system is helping the country ensure one of the best recovery rates in the world as he highlighted the government’s efforts to make the fight against the pandemic a people’s movement.
In his first address to the world body after India was overwhelmingly elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council last month, Modi said the Covid-19 pandemic has “severely tested” the resilience of all nations.
“In India, we have tried to make the fight against the pandemic a people’s movement, by combining the efforts of Government and society,” Modi said in his virtual address to the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC, which comes as the Covid-19 pandemic is ravaging the world and causing unprecedented health and economic challenges.
Modi said in India’s fight against Covid-19, the grassroots health system is helping the country ensure one of the best recovery rates in the world.
India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 10 lakh-mark on Friday. So far 25,602 people have died in India due to Covid-19, which has infected over 1.3 crore people globally and killed nearly 6 lakh others. In India, the total number of recovered cases rose to 6,35,756 on Friday.
Highlighting that his government has given the highest priority to reach benefits to poor households and announced a package of more than $300 billion, Modi said that it will bring the economy back on track, build modern infrastructure and put in place a technology-driven system.
“We have put forward a vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ a self-reliant and Resilient India, integrated with the global economy,” he said while addressing the session ‘Multilateralism after COVID 19: what kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?
Modi said that as nations mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, it is an occasion to recognise the UN’s many contributions to human progress and also an opportunity to assess the world body’s role and relevance in today’s world and to shape a better future for it.
He said India contributed to shaping the ECOSOC agenda, including the
(SDGs) and through its domestic efforts, India is again playing a salient role in achieving Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. “We are 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,” Modi said, underlining that the Indian government has taken a “whole-of-society” approach- by engaging the states, local governments, civil society, communities and people.
“Our motto is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas’ – meaning ‘Together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust’. This resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind. Be it access to nutrition, health ed