Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York on Saturday to speak at the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session. PM Modi will be the first international leader to speak at the United Nations General Assembly. PM Modi is expected to speak at the UN General Assembly session, which will begin at 6.30 p.m. IST.
After completing his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday, Prime Minister Modi arrived in New York. In addition, he attended his first Quad summit in person, which was hosted by Joe Biden in Washington. The meeting of Quad leaders was attended by PM Modi and his counterparts, Australia’s Scott Morrison and Japan’s Yoshihide Suga.
The theme of 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’.
According to the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, about 109 heads of state and government will speak in person at the General Debate, with almost 60 others delivering comments via pre-recorded video statements.
PM Modi last spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in 2019. Last year, world leaders submitted pre-recorded video comments for the United Nations General Assembly session in September, as the coronavirus pandemic prevented heads of state and government from physically attending the annual conference.