PM Modi will participate in UN debates
Prime Minister Modi will first represent India at the UN in a general debate and deliver the national statement and then he will participate in the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in two debates in the United Nations’ high-level segments, starting from next week, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti said.
“This time, the UN General Assembly will be historic and in more than one way. As far as India is concerned, the highlight will be the participation of PM Modi in two debates in the high-level segments starting on Monday,” Tirumuti said in an interview with ANI.
According to the Permanent Representative, Prime Minister Modi will first represent India at the UN in a general debate and deliver the national statement and then he will participate in the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN.
“His address will certainly be the highlight of our participation in UNGA,” Tirumurti added.
The diplomat further informed that a biodiversity summit will be organized on September 30 via a virtual format with the theme, ‘Urgent action on biodiversity in the UN. Our Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will be participating in the summit, he said. India is one of 10 mega biodiverse countries in the world and it has taken a leading role in the field of biodiversity.
“India recently held the Conference of Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals in February this year. We had also organised the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in September last year in Delhi, which saw the adoption of the ambitious Delhi Declaration,” he said.
He also informed that an important event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Women will be held on October 1 and the adoption of the Beijing Platform for action, which is “widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive plan for advancing rights of women and girls”.
The event will be attended by Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, underlining India’s strong commitment to women empowerment and gender sensitivity.
India has recently won the election to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a subsidiary body of 54-member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Appreciating India’s victory, TS Tirumurti had tweeted, “India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body! India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavors. We thank member states for their support.”
India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body!— PR UN Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) September 14, 2020
India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavours.
We thank member states for their support. @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/C7cKrMxzOV
It is noteworthy that India won the CSW elections beating China, which couldn’t even garner a majority of 28 votes, by 11 votes.
Tirumurti revealed that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be participating in some of the ministerial meetings which will be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“On October 2, the UN will be holding International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will be delivering India’s remarks at this event,” he further informed.
Earlier in June, India won the election for the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council. The country’s two-year term will begin on January 1, 2021.