PM Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the High-Level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today. 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.”

Narendra Modi also said that today, the United Nations brings together 193 member countries. Along with its membership, the expectations from the organisation have also grown. He also said that India was among 50 founding members of the United Nations immediately after the Second World War. “A lot has changed since then," he said, adding "from the very beginning, India has actively supported the UN's development work and the ECOSOC. The first president of ECOSOC was an Indian. India also contributed to shaping the ECOSOC agenda."

In his first address since India was elected as non-permanent member of the Security Council, PM recognised the country's role in a global stage.

"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," he said.

He added, "The United Nations was originally born from the furies of the Second World War. Today, the fury of the pandemic provides the context for its rebirth and reform. Let us not lose this chance," PM Modi said, adding "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."

He also said that 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. Talking about how India fought COVID, he said the COVID-19 pandemic has severely tested the resilience of all nations. 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.

He also said 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. Our motto is 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwas' - meaning 'Together, for everyone's growth, with everyone's trust'. This resonates with the core SDG principle of leaving no one behind, he added.