Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York on Saturday where he is due to address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which went virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Modi traveled to New York from Washington after holding 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.
“Landed in New York. Will speak to UNGA at 6:30 p.m. (IST) on the 25th,” the prime minister said in a tweet.
PM Modi will address the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday. 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”.
According to the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, around 109 heads of state and government will address the general debate in person and around 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements.
Prime Minister Modi last addressed the United Nations General Assembly session in 2019. Last year, world leaders submitted pre-recorded video statements for the United Nations General Assembly session United in September, with heads of state and government unable to physically attend the annual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was the first time in the UN’s 75-year history that the high-level session went virtual. Also this year, the option has remained open for world leaders to send pre-recorded statements, as the pandemic continues to rage in several countries around the world.