PM Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the High-Level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The session was attended by Prime Minister of Norway and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The Prime Minister said in his address, “In our joint fight against COVID-19, we have extended medical and other assistance to over 150 countries.”

Here are the highlights of his speech:

1.    Last year, we celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, by achieving full sanitation coverage in our six hundred thousand villages.

2.    We have leveraged the power of technology for financial inclusion. This is based on the trinity of a unique identity number, a bank account, and a mobile connection for everyone.

3.    Our ‘Housing for All’ programme will ensure that every Indian will have a safe and secure roof over her head by 2022, when India completes 75 years as an independent nation.

4.    We are also on track to remove TB by 2025. Other developing countries can learn from the scale and success of India's development programmes, and from the technologies and innovations we have deployed.

5.    While marching forward on the path of development, we are not forgetting our responsibility towards our planet. Over the past few years, we have reduced 38 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

6.    In our joint fight against COVID-19, we have extended medical and other assistance to over 150 countries.

7.    Be it earthquakes, cyclones, Ebola crisis or any other natural or man-made crisis, India has responded with speed and solidarity.

8.    In India, we have tried to make the fight against the pandemic a people's movement, by combining the efforts of Government and civil society.

9.    With our deep commitment to maintaining global harmony, to improving socio-economic equity, and to preserving nature's balance, India will play its role in full support of the UN agenda.

10.   India is home to one-sixth of humanity. We are mindful of our weight and responsibility. We know that if India succeeds in achieving its development objectives, it will go a long way in achievement of global goals.