Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the United Nations on Saturday that India will use its resources “all of humanity” in the fight against the coronavirus.
However, Modi did not directly mention climate change in his speech at the United Nations Virtual General Assembly, nor did he mention the conflict in India in June, when 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
“As the largest vaccine producing country of the world… India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis,” Modi said.
“India will also help all the countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of the vaccines,” he said.
In a speech to the United Nations last Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison insisted that any country developing a Covid-19 vaccine will use it universally.
Morrison made a strong appeal as the United States opposes global efforts to collaborate on vaccine development.
“This is a global responsibility and it’s a moral responsibility for a vaccine to be shared far and wide,” Morrison had said.
Although Prime Minister Imran Khan lashed out in his UN speech at the Hindu nationalist ideology of the Kashmir and New Delhi governments, Modi also avoided direct mention of Pakistan.
But Modi reiterated India’s call to reform the United Nations and empower the world’s second-most populous country to exert more influence in global institutions.
“Over the last eight to nine months, the whole world has been battling the pandemic of the coronavirus. Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?” Modi said.
Modi said India’s 1.3 billion people “have been waiting a long time for UN reform to be completed.”
“Today, people of India are concerned whether this reform process will ever reach its logical conclusion. For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?”
India, together with Norway, Ireland and Mexico, will become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a period of two years from 1 January 2021.