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At UN General Assembly, PM Modi pitches for climate justice, war on poverty

He listed several points of convergence, such as the government’s financial inclusion scheme for poverty alleviation; the smart cities projects; beti bachao, beti padhao campaign.

Written by Nirupama Subramanian | New York | Updated: September 26, 2015 11:55 am
Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly, Narendra Modi UN Summit, Modi UN General Assembly, PM Modi UN Summit, Modi climate justice, Modi poverty, Narendra Modi UN, Narendra modi poverty, Narendra Modi climate, Modi UNSECSO, World news, Modi news, UN Summit news Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. (Source: PTI)

Reiterating the message of “common but differentiated responsibilities” on climate action with the slogan of “climate justice”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the UN Sustainable Development Summit that India was already on the way to implementing several of the Agenda 2030 goals adopted on Friday.

Modi called for more global emphasis and co-operation in developing renewable sources of energy through innovation, finance and technology and, in an apparent reference to the developed world, called for lifestyle changes to arrest environmental degradation and move toward “sustainable consumption”.

READ: Highlights from PM Narendra Modi’s speech at the UN General Assembly 

In a 13-minute speech, the Prime Minister invoked Deendayal Upadhyaya in his centenary year to draw similarities between the BJP icon’s concept of “antyodaya” — serving the last man — and the 2030 goals, and peppered his speeches with several Sanskrit phrases, including “Vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (the world is one family).

The Vedic saying “earth is the mother, and we are all her children” was the inspiration behind the formulation of several national programmes towards sustainable development, Modi said.

READ: PM Modi pitch for UN reforms during bilateral meets

He listed several points of convergence, such as the government’s financial inclusion scheme for poverty alleviation, under which 180 million new bank accounts had been opened; the smart cities projects; the cleanliness campaign in cities and villages; and the plan to provide clean drinking water and 24×7 electricity.

He spoke about how the “beti bachao, beti padhao” (save the daughter, educate her) campaign “has become a mantra in every house” across the country. He pointed to how his advocacy of a “blue revolution” was in line with the concerns of global warming and the existential worries of small island states.

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India had decided to move forward on economic development, Modi said, by moving away from the binary of public and private sector to focus on “personal sector”, in which the emphasis was on the individual enterprises within an ecosystem of microfinances, start-ups and innovations.

But Modi’s main message was on climate change to underline that industrialising India was already acting responsibly. He projected India’s ambitious plan to produce 175 GW of electricity through renewable energy sources by 2022, the tax on coal, energy efficiency measures, improving public transportation, cleaning up cities and rivers, and the waste-to-wealth project.

“We are all at the UN here because we believe we must co-operate in all fields, whether that is the call for development or climate change. The objective of our collective efforts is common but diffenrentiated responsibilities,” he said.

The discussion on climate change, Modi said, sometimes “gave off the smell” of encroaching on priorities of the developing world, but “climate justice” was appropriate to taking the concerns of the poor in sustainable development.

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  1. A
    Sep 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm
    Modi tu ek dhogi he,mithe mithe baat karte he au tere dil me kala katur he
    1. K
      Sep 26, 2015 at 6:34 am
      What a waste of time and effort! What a loser!
      1. Hemen Parekh
        Sep 27, 2015 at 10:53 am
        WHEN IS RANK # 1 BAD ? Only yesterday , UN member countries adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 It calls for elimination of poverty and hunger from the World in next 15 years Today , there are 795 million hungry people in entire World Of these , India tops the list with 195 million hungry Wrong parameter in which to get Rank # 1 ! And since India's potion is growing by 15 million people each year , there is no threat anytime soon , of India losing its first rank ! But without a job , hunger cannot be wished away In India's Employment Exchanges alone , 43 million jobless youth are waiting for an interview call - a call that never comes ! Can these Job-Seekers be converted to Job Creators ? By making them , " Self Emplo " micro enterprises ? As per one estimate , today some 30 million MSME in India are providing jobs to 60 million persons ( ave of 2 per MSME ) So , if these 43 million are given loans of Rs 5 lakh each to start their own businesses , they will create 86 million jobs ! May be this is what Shri Narendra Modi had in mind , when in UN General embly yesterday , he said : " The world speaks of private sector and public sector. In India, we have defined a new personal sector of individual enterprise, micro enterprises and micro finance, drawing also on the strength of digital and mobile applications. " Could he have added ? " When we continued to tinker with umpteen processes for the past 30 years , China's GDP grew to $ 10 Trillion , when India is struggling to reach $ 2 Trillion ! If we cannot prove that ECONOMIC REVOLUTION can be made to happen in a DEMOCRATIC set-up , hungry people around the World will lose faith in Democracy ! If , in a democratic frame work , Silicon Valley Start Ups can take USA GDP to $ 17 trillion , so can we . And we will " Understandably , UN is not the forum where he could spell out the details I hope , that consists of enacting : " Start Up Act - 2015 " ( which I am lobbying for past few months ) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 27 Sept 2015 ( 17th Anniversary of Google Start Up ) B2BmessageBlaster
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          Indiana Jones
          Sep 27, 2015 at 8:59 am
          Can u name the upanishads? Don't Google now! By the way what's Abrahamic origin?
          1. P
            Sep 26, 2015 at 6:01 am
            A good oration of global importance. Such talk if delivered in English will have added value.
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