New Delhi: In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (September 26, 2020) made a strong pitch for reforms at the United Nations (UN) and assured New Delhi will help the global community amidst the COVID-19 crisis. 

PM Modi said, “Reform in the responses, in the processes, and in the very character of the United Nations is the need of the hour. Today, people of India are concerned whether this reform-process will ever reach its logical conclusion. For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?”

Highlighting India’s credential for the high table, he said, “This is a country which is the largest democracy of the world, this is a country with more than 18% of the world population, this is a country which has hundreds of languages, hundreds of dialects, many sects, and many ideologies. This is a country which was a leading global economy for centuries and also one which has endured hundreds of years of foreign rule.”

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India is all set to become a non-permanent member of UNSC in January 2021. 

Earlier this month, the number of groupings of which India is part of–like G4 and IBSA in joint statements called for expediting reforms at UN.

On COVID crisis, PM said, “As the largest vaccine producing country of the world, I want to give one more assurance to the global community today. India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis. In India and in our neighbourhood, we are moving ahead with phase 3 clinical trials in India. India will also help all the countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of the vaccines.”

Notably, India has reached out to 150 countries with vaccines amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

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