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Success of multilateralism depends on success of General Assembly: India at UN

New York [US]: India on Monday (local time) said that the success of multilateralism principally depends on the success of the General Assembly as the world is facing challenges related to sustainable development, security, migration, health and climate change.Minister in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Deepak Misra in a statement issued by General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) said: “The efficacy, relevance and durability of any institution lie in its dynamic character and its willingness to adapt itself to the changing times so that it does not only uphold the time-tested values but also addresses the emerging challenges of the day. The challenges confronting the world related to sustainable development, security, migration, health, climate change, etc cannot be addressed in isolation.” “Let us take this opportunity to renew our resolve to strengthen the role of General Assembly in setting the global agenda,…

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UN must work to enhance support for South-South cooperation, says India at UNGA

New York [US]: India on Thursday at the United Nations (UN) underlined the need to enhance support for South-South cooperation and ensuring that resources meant for core development programmes are not re-purposed.Speaking at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), India’s First Secretary Sneha Dubey said that it is important that development activities revolve around national ownership and leadership, and give due consideration to national development priorities. “The UN system must focus on those tasks it is uniquely qualified to deliver. And these should be supported with adequate and predictable volume of flexible resources,” she said.Stressing on the need to enhance support for South-South cooperation, the Indian diplomat said the UN must ensure that it must ensure that resources meant for core development programmes are not re-purposed.“UN Development System needs to amplify its impact while working to enhance support for South-South cooperation. If we are to…

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Pakistan is the biggest perpetrator, supporter of terrorism: India at UN

New York [US]: Pakistan is the biggest perpetrator and supporter of terrorism masquerading us as its victim, said India at the sixth committee of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday (local time).During the session, Counsellor/Legal Adviser Dr. Kajal Bhat said that Pakistan has once again misused this august forum to repeat at “adnauseam” their litany of lies. “Let me express my dismay that Pakistan has once again misused this August Forum to repeat at adnauseam their litany of lies. Here is the biggest perpetrator and supporter of terrorism masquerading us as its victim,” she said in a statement.Stating that Jammu and Kashmir is, and will always be a part of India, the country has called on Pakistan to stop cleansing their own minorities including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist and others.“We condemn their Pavlovian response wherever the name of India…

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Brought over 200 million women into mainstream financial system: India at UNGA

New York [US]: India brought over 200 million Indian women into the mainstream financial system, promoting economic empowerment during the last two years even as it battled the Covid pandemic, which had gripped the world, the country said at the 76th session of the United National General Assembly.At a discussion on ICTs for Sustainable Development and Globalisation and Interdependence at the UNGA second committee, India’s First Secretary Sneha Dubey said that during the pandemic, India undertook unparalleled social protection initiatives that were pro-poor and broad-based in outreach. “Digital technology and the energies of the internet have been a force multiplier in this endeavour. A programme to supply free food to 800 million people and cash transfers to 400 million was streamlined by digitally-enabled technology, along with delivery of clean cooking-fuel to 80 million households. Financial inclusion has been accelerated and digital transactions have been…

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Turkey’s Erdogan again rakes up Kashmir issue at UNGA

New York [US]: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again raked up the issue of Kashmir at UN General Assembly (UNGA).“We maintain our stance in favour of solving the ongoing problem in Kashmir for 74 years, through dialogue between the parties and within the framework of relevant United Nations resolutions,” Erdogan said on Tuesday. The 76th UNGA opened on September 14 and the high-level week will start on September 21 and will last until the 27th.The Turkish President, a close ally of Pakistan, had repeatedly raised the issue of Kashmir in his address to the high-level General Debate.There is no right of reply (ROR) for heads of state remarks, so no action can be taken by India within the UN framework.In his address on Tuesday, the Turkish President also referred to China’s minority Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang and Myanmar’s Rohingya.Erdogan said that “within China’s…

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Xi promotes ‘dialogue, cooperation’ at UNGA, says won’t build coal plants abroad

Beijing [China]: Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday (local time) that disputes among countries “need to be handled through dialogue and cooperation.”“One country’s success does not have to mean another country’s failure,” Xi said in a prerecorded speech. “The world is big enough to accommodate common development and progress of all countries.” Xi’s comments came hours after US President Joe Biden said he didn’t have any intention of starting a “new Cold War” — itself a response to criticism from the UN chief Antonio Guterres.Neither President Biden nor Chinese President Jinping gave reference to one another’s country directly in high-profile remarks at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, some say it’s an apparent indication of both leaders’ desire to find areas of cooperation.Without mentioning the United States directly, he said “military intervention from the outside and so-called…

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Don’t return to era of ‘your terrorists’ and ‘my terrorists’: India cautions UN

India has cautioned that 20 years after the 9/11 terror attacks, there are attempts again to divide terrorism into different terminologies such as violent nationalism and right wing extremism, asserting that the world should not return to the era of “your terrorists” and “my terrorists” but fight the scourge collectively. Participating in the UN General Assembly debate on adoption of resolution on 7th Review of Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) on Tuesday, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti said that the international community has acknowledged that the threat of terrorism is grave and universal, and can only be defeated by collective efforts of all UN member states, without any exception. “It is only after 9/11 that we accepted that terrorism in one part of the world can directly impact another part of the world and we all came together to…