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Why G-5, G-20 and so on? asks PM Narendra Modi, let’s have G-All

Modi said there has to be a genuine international partnership.

By: Press Trust of India | United Nations |
Updated: September 28, 2014 11:56:10 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people outside his hotel upon his arrival in New York on Friday. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people outside his hotel upon his arrival in New York on Friday. (Source: PTI)

Known for his flair for catchy punchlines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday coined a new term ‘G-All’ at the United Nations.

Modi mooted this while articulating the need for the world to become more united as nations, saying no one country or group of countries can determine the course of this world.

“Today, we still operate in various Gs with different numbers. India, too, is involved in several. But, how much are we able to work together as G1 or G-All?,” he said while calling for uniting various groupings for concerted efforts to deal with various key challenges.

Calling for united efforts to deal with various challenges including scourge of terrorism, Modi asked whether we have become more united as nations while we speak of an interdependent world. “While we speak of an interdependent world, have we become more united as nations?,” he asked during his 35-minute speech in Hindi at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

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Modi said the names of groupings keep changing like G-5, G-20 and so on but there was a need to have a G-All to realise various goals and improve lives of people across the world.

“On the one side, we say that our destinies are inter- linked, on the other hand we still think in terms of zero sum game. If the other benefits, I stand to lose,” the Prime Minister said.

“It is easy to be cynical and say nothing will change; but if we do that, we run the risk of shirking our responsibilities and we put our collective future in danger,” he said.

Modi said there has to be a genuine international partnership. “This is not just a moral position, but a practical reality.”

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