LIVE UPDATE: Sushma Swaraj at UNGA

Swaraj Swaraj began her talk at UNGA by thanking Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for his services to the United Nations. She further went on to say that the real challenge of our time is to end the problems of harsh poverty that still loiter in a lot of corners of our planet; to make certain that the fruits of growing prosperity are provided to those who need it most.

She further stated that challenge is to take forward the mission of gender equality and protect women where there is gender regression; and to ensure peace across boundaries, not least because there can be no prosperity without peace.

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Other highlights of Sushma Swaraj’s statement at UNGA are as follows:

  • I am happy that the 17 goals adopted by this Assembly are matched by the development vision of my Government, which is geared towards the achievement of these same objectives.
  • More than 400,000 toilets have been constructed in schools under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Campaign).
  • The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Educate the Girl Child, Save the Girl Child) programme has become a nation-wide mission.
  • We must remember that we will be defined not just by our actions, but equally, by our inaction.
  • Among the biggest problems we are facing today is eradicating poverty from all corners of the world
  • Climate change is yet another serious challenge confronting us Modi has championed a new concept – Climate Justice.
  • We are all aware that 1/6th of humanity lives in India. Therefore global success in realizing SDGs depends on the success achieved in India.
  • We are committed to the wholehearted implementation of the Agenda 2030 as a national effort.
  • My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.
  • In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card.
  • We must identify these nations who are sheltering terrorism and hold them to account. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.

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