Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address to the United Nations General Assembly

  • Your Excellency, Mr Volkan Bozkir, President of the General Assembly, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Namaste!
  • Seventy-five years ago, a new hope arose from the horrors of war. For the first time in human history, an institution was created for the entire world.
  • As a founding signatory of the UN Charter, India was part of that noble vision. It reflected India’s own philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – which sees all creation as a family.
  • Our world today is a better place because of the United Nations. We pay tribute to all those who have advanced the cause of peace and development under the UN flag.
  • Including in UN peacekeeping Missions, where India has been a leading contributor.
  • However, while much has been achieved, the original Mission remains unfulfilled. And the far-reaching declaration that we are adopting today acknowledges that work still needs to be done: in preventing conflict, in ensuring development, in addressing climate change, in reducing inequalities, and in leveraging digital technologies.
  • The declaration also acknowledges the need for reform of the United Nations itself. We cannot fight today’s challenges with outdated structures.
  • Without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence. For today’s inter-connected world, we need a reformed multilateralism.
  • That reflects today’s realities; Gives voice to the all stakeholders; Addresses contemporary challenges; and Focuses on human welfare.
  • India looks forward to working with all other nations towards this end. Thank you. Namaste!