United Nations faces crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the United Nations faces a crisis of confidence without comprehensive reforms. He asserted that the world needs a reformed multilateralism that reflects today’s realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, addresses contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the high level meeting of United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of United Nations last night through video conferencing.

Mr Modi said, the Declaration that being adopted on this occasion acknowledges that work still needs to be done in preventing conflict, ensuring development, addressing climate change, reducing inequality and leveraging digital technologies. He said, our world today is a better place because of the United Nations.

The Prime Minister paid tributes to all those who have advanced the cause of peace and development under UN flag, including in UN Peacekeeping Missions, where India had been a leading contributor. He said, 75 years ago, a new hope arose from the horrors of war and for the first time in human history, an institution was created for entire world. He said, as a founding signatory of UN Charter, India was part of that noble vision. He further said, India looks forward to working with all other nations towards this end.

India has been spearheading decades-long efforts to reform the Security Council, saying a structure set up in 1945 does not reflect contemporary realities of the 21st century and is ill-equipped to handle current challenges. There is widespread support, including by four of the five permanent members of the Security Council – US, UK, France and Russia – for a permanent seat for India at the Council.

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