Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi on Saturday, September 25, 2021, extolled the virtues of India’s democracy while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.
As per the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, about 109 heads of state and government will address the General Debate in person and nearly 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements.
Modi last addressed the UN General Assembly session in 2019. Last year, world leaders had submitted pre-recorded video statements for the UN General Assembly session in September, as heads of State and government could not physically attend the annual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was the first time in the UN’s 75-year history that the high-level session had gone virtual. This year too, the option has been kept open for the world leaders to send in pre-recorded statements since the pandemic continues to rage across several nations around the world.
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