Even as it’s been almost a year since then India has abrogated the article 370 which provided special rights to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has not ceased to raise the issue at international forums, despite a few failed attempts. This, despite India making it clear once again that the matter was an internal Indian matter. 17 Jul, Pakistan foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, speaking at the high-level segment of the economic and Social Council of the United Nations, called ‘multilateralism after COVID 19: what kind of UN do we need for the 75th anniversary?’ raked in Kashmir again.
Even as world leaders underlined the importance to reform the versatility to satisfy “effective collective measures” for global crises such as COVID-19 on the high-level session, Pakistan have used it to rake up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and against the expansion of Security Council permanent members.
Qureshi said that Pakistan was “particularly concerned” about “the oppression of and atrocities against the people of Jammu and Kashmir”.He added that the Security Council is not taking into account the narrow ambitions of those who seek power and privilege. “New permanent members to the Security Council connection, not to decide her paralysis. Indeed, in small and medium States with the highest percentage of UN-led world order that may help in ensuring fair and effective framework of international peace and security,” he said.
Address of PM modi
India has been at the forefront of efforts in the UN to push for urgent overdue reform of the security Council, stressing that it deserves a seat at the high table of the UN as a permanent member. Speaking on a keynote speech, Prime Minister Narendra modi spoke about the history of the United Nations and associations of India since its birth 75 years ago. He spoke about the role that India plays in the economic and social Council, through its national efforts in achieving the Goals of sustainable development until 2030. Highlighting the modi government’s Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas motto, PM modi presented the various schemes, announced and implemented by the centre within the country. This is the first time, PM modi, speaking at the session after the elections in India in the UN Security Council.
The UN high-level ECOSOC conversation
The United Nations economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held high level talks among the leaders in global solidarity and a renewed multilateralism during the crisis and during the continuation of achieving long-term sustainable development. Prime Minister Narendra modi and Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg was among the world leaders who addressed the high-level segment. The session was intended to reflect such versatility is necessary today to deliver advanced and effective collective responses to global crises, such as COVID-19 and long-term problems such as climate change, while accelerating progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
(with PTI inputs)
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