PM Modi at UNGA. (Image source: @AkbaruddinIndia) Photograph: Twitter
Sep 27, 2019, 08.13 PM
Starting his speech by mentioning the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at UNGA outlined the steps being undertaken in India to combat climate change, including the sweeping ban on single-use plastic which is set to go come to force on Gandhi Jayanti this year.
"This year the whole world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. His message of truth and non-violence is very relevant for us even today for peace, progress, and development of the world," Modi told the gathering in his maiden speech to the UNGA after assuming power for the second term.
"While I was coming here, I read on the walls of the United Nations 'No more single-use plastic'. I am delighted to inform you that we are running a big campaign in India to free the country of single-use plastic."
While India's contribution to global warming is low, India is one of the leading countries in the fight against climate change, he said, highlighting how India has initiated the International Solar Alliance.
He also invited countries to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, which was launched by India during his address at the UN Climate Action Summit which was held on Monday.
The Prime Minister also highlighted how India plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to 450 GW in the coming years, a point which was already highlighted by the leader during his Monday's address.
Sep 27, 2019, 08.09 PM
"India's contribution towards United Nations Peace-keeping missions has been immense, no other country in the world has sacrificed as much as India has for these peace-keeping missions," PM Modi said at UNGA.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.55 PM
"We believe that terrorism is not a challenge for any one country, but for all countries and of mankind as a whole. So for the sake of humanity, all the world has to unite against terror," PM Modi said.
"When a developing nation successfully carries out the biggest cleanliness drive of the world and provides more than 11 crore toilets to its people just within 5 years, that system gives a message of inspiration to the entire world," he said.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.51 PM
"Let's not be limited within our borders," PM Modi said.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.49 PM
"Terrorism is the biggest global challenge," PM Modi asserted, adding," for humanities sake unite against terrorism."
Sep 27, 2019, 07.48 PM
India is leading the way in climate change, PM Modi said.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.46 PM
PM Modi pitches Ayushman Bharat scheme at UN
India to be tuberculosis free by 2025, the Indian prime minister told the UNGA.
We have opened 5,000 special pharmacies, PM, Modi said.
India has given insurance to 5,00,000 people, he said.
500 million poor people given medical facilities, Modi asserted.
'800 varieties of vital medicines have been made avaliable'.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.41 PM
I saw a sign 'no more single-use plastic', we have decided to ban single-use plastic.
India is running a campaign against the use of single-use plastic.
11 crore toilets have been launched since 2014.
India will supply water to 150 million by 2024.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.38 PM
UN still relevant in today's geopolitics, PM Modi said.
The country has launched the biggest biometeric programme in the world to stamp out corruption.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.35 PM
I am honoured to address the UN General Assembly. Recently we had the biggest elections ever.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.32 PM
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PM Modi is likely to speak on terrorism, climate change, trade, UNSC reforms and contribution of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Indian prime minister had opened a solar park atop the UN building on Wednesday.
Sep 27, 2019, 07.23 PM
The UNGA session is now underway with PM Thomas Thabane of Lesotho addressing world leaders.