NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it was important to “assess the
’s role and relevance in today’s world” while making a strong pitch for a “reformed multilateralism”.
“Multilateralism needs to represent the reality of the contemporary world. Only reformed
with a reformed UN at its centre can meet the aspirations of humanity. Today, while celebrating 75 years of the UN, let us pledge to reform the global multilateral system. To enhance its relevance, to improve its effectiveness, and to make it the basis of a new type of human-centric globalisation,” the PM said while addressing the high-level segment of the UN-ECOSOC session on Friday, the first time after India rejoined the UNSC for two years.
His virtual address was followed by Chinese foreign minister
, who made a case for preserving the UN system and supporting it rather than changing it “unilaterally”.
Modi started by strongly articulating the doubts being raised about the UN’s effectiveness. “This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the
. It is an occasion to recognise UN’s many contributions to human progress. It is also an opportunity to assess the UN’s role and relevance in today’s world, and to shape a better future for it.”
He cited newly launched Indian initiatives to set up the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure as practical manifestations of multilateralism in action to address climate change, which “brings together all relevant stake-holders for a comprehensive approach”.
The session was attended by PM of Norway
and UN secretary-general
. Modi said, “We have always prided ourselves as the first responder in our region — a friend in need. Be it earthquakes, cyclones or any other natural or man-made crisis, India has responded with speed and solidarity. In our joint fight against Covid, we have ex