"Where Is UN In COVID-19 Fight," PM Modi Asks: Top Quotes

PM Modi at UNGA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India's vaccine production will help in bringing the world out of the coronavirus pandemic.

PM UN Speech: PM Modi tweeted this afternoon confirming his scheduled speech for today

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked where is the United Nations in the coronavirus fight as he delivered a virtual address at the annual UN General Assembly today. The Prime Minister spoke on a wide range of issues including the coronavirus pandemic and India's role in the United Nations. He stressed that India has been looking at an extended role in the UN. "Till when will India be kept away from the UN's decision-making process?" the Prime Minister asked.

Here are the Top 10 quotes of PM Modi from his speech:

  1. India is proud of the fact that it is the founding member of UN. The world was significantly different in 1945. The problems, solutions were all different. Challenges of our present and future are now different. The international community is faced with an important question. Is the UN of 1945 still relevant?

  2. We have successfully avoided a third world war but we cannot deny many wars happened, many civil wars happened. Terrorist attacks shook the world. Blood was spilled. Those were killed were like you and me. Children left the world prematurely.

  3. So many people lost their life's savings, had to leave their homes. The world is fighting coronavirus for the last 8-9 months. Where is the UN in this fight?

  4. Reform is needed in the UN. UN enjoys respect in India. Indians' belief in UN is unparalleled. Indians are waiting for the reform of UN. They are worried whether the process will reach a logical end. Till when will India be kept away from the UN's decision-making process?

  5. When we were weak, we didn't trouble the world. When we became strong, we didn't become a burden on the world. Till when do we have to wait? The ideals of UN and the India's main principles are similar. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has echoed in the UN halls many a time.

  6. India has always stressed on good for the whole world in the UN. India is looking at an extended role in the UN. India began International Day of non-violence and Yoga was given by India. India has always thought about the welfare of the world. From our neighbourhood first policy to look-east policy, are all guided by these principles.

  7. Over 150 countries were sent medical supplies by Indian pharmaceuticals during the coronavirus pandemic. India's vaccine production will help in bringing the world out of the pandemic. We are moving towards Phase 3 of clinical trials. We are increasing infrastructure and will help others increase it.

  8. We will use our experience as the world's largest democracy for the benefit of the world. India will stand for shanti, suraksha and samriddhi. We will always oppose drugs, illegal weapons, money laundering. India's experience will strengthen the way for vishwa-kalyan (good for the world). India brought changes through Reform-Perform-Transform process.

  9. ​In 4-5 years, linking 400-500 million people with the banking system was not easy. India is one of the leaders in digital transactions globally. India working on making country Tuberculosis-free by 2025. India has initiated a huge process of connecting villages with optical fibre.

  10. The Atmanirbhar Bharat programme will be a force-multiplier for the world economy. We are promoting women enterprises. India is one of the countries where women get 26 weeks' paid maternity leave. India has brought legal reforms for security of trans community.