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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York at 6.30 pm today. This is the 76th meeting of UNGA. Prime Minister Modi can talk about the challenges facing the world in his speech. These include stressing the need to fight together from Corona to terrorism.
Modi can also tell the world about the continuing terrorism from across the border after the speech of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. At the same time, we can also talk about the situation in Afghanistan. Apart from this, Modi can also speak on some other issues including climate change.
The emphasis will be on permanent membership in the United Nations
Giving information about Modi’s speech at the United Nations, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had said, “In the UNGA, Prime Minister Modi will speak on cross-border terrorism, the regional situation in South Asia and the reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).” On the issue of India’s permanent membership in the UNSC, Shringla had said that Modi in his speech will emphasize on reforms in the Security Council.
Shringla had said, ‘Coincidentally, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the Amrit Mahotsav of India’s independence have come together. On this occasion, Prime Minister Modi will definitely talk about reforms in the United Nations. They will also emphasize why it is necessary to do so and how it can be achieved.
UNGA meeting is being held in hybrid format
This time the theme of the UNGA General Debate is Recovery from Corona, Climate Change, Respect for the Rights of the People and Reform of the United Nations. This high level meeting of UNGA in New York started on Tuesday. Due to Corona, this time the UNGA meeting is being held in a hybrid format. However, a large number of world leaders have reached New York.
Modi attended bilateral meetings and quad meetings
The Prime Minister arrived in the US on Wednesday. He had bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris here. He also had bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Suga of Japan. Modi also attended the Quad meeting on Friday. On Thursday, he also met CEOs of 5 global companies important for investment in India. This is his second foreign tour after Corona started. Earlier he had gone to Bangladesh.
What is UNGA?
The General Assembly is one of the six main organs of the United Nations. All 193 members of the United Nations are part of it with equal rights and responsibility. All the work like the budget of the UN, the membership of the Security Council, the appointment of non-permanent members is the responsibility of the General Assembly.
Its task is to discuss international peace and security. These include development, human rights, international law and peaceful settlement of disputes between countries. The annual meeting of the General Assembly takes place every year at the UN Headquarters in New York. Its first meeting was held on 10 January 1946.
Which countries are members of UNGA?
All 193 countries of the United Nations are members of the General Assembly. If the General Assembly wants, it can also give observer status to any international organization or institution. At present, Palestine and the Holy See have observer status. Observer states are also given limited powers.
How many days will the UNGA meeting last?
The current session of UNGA has started on 21st September. This meeting, which usually runs for five days, will run for six days this time. Apart from 21 to 25 September, the leaders of different countries will also address it on 27 September. Like every time, on 21 September, it started with the address of the President of Brazil first. After this, US President Joe Biden addressed the General Assembly. Today, along with India, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will also address General Assembly. While Modi is in New York, Imran’s recorded speech will be narrated.