PM Modi to address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in person since Covid


Prime Minister Modi last addressed the United Nations General Assembly in 2019, before Covid erupted.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in person today, the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in New York today from Washington DC.

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The last time he addressed the Assembly in person was in 2019. By 2020, the high-level session had gone virtual. This time, however, world leaders were given the opportunity to deliver pre-recorded speeches.

One hundred and nine heads of state and government will address the general debate in person, according to the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, PTI reported. Nearly 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements.

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The theme of this year’s general debate is “Building resilience through the hope of recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, meeting the needs of the planet, respecting human rights and revitalizing the United Nations”.

Last year, world leaders submitted prerecorded video statements for the United Nations General Assembly session in September, as heads of state and government were unable to physically attend the annual gathering due to the pandemic of coronavirus. It was the first time in the UN’s 75-year history that the high-level session went virtual.

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Earlier in the US capital, Prime Minister Modi held his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden in the White House Oval Office and attended his first Quad Summit in person on Friday.

The Prime Minister and his counterparts – Australian Scott Morrison and Japanese Yoshihide Suga – attended the Quad leaders meeting hosted by US President Biden in the US capital.