India has helped over 150 countries in fight against COVID-19: PM Modi at UN ECOSOC

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New Delhi : “We have made fight against COVID-19 a people's movement, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday delivered a keynote address at the United Nations during a high-level segment of its Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

In his virtual keynote address, PM Modi said from the very beginning, India has supported the UN’s developmental work and the ECOSOC.

"The first President of ECOSOC was an Indian. India also contributed to shaping the ECOSOC agenda including the sustainable development goals," PM Modi said.

"India was among the 50 founding members of the UN immediately after the 2nd World War. A lot has changed since then. Today, the UN brings together 193 member countries," added PM Modi.

"Today, through our domestic efforts, we're again playing a significant role in achieving 'Agenda 2030' and the sustainable development goals. We're also assisting other developing countries in meeting their sustainable development goals," the Prime Minister said further.

"Thus, we have taken a universal approach by engaging our states, our local governments, our civil societies, communities and our people. Our motto is Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas," he said further.

“Our ‘Housing for All’ programme will ensure that every Indian will have a safe and secure roof over their head by 2022, when India completes 75 years as an independent nation,” the PM adds.

"We know that if India succeeds in achieving its developmental objectives, it will go a long way in achievement of global goals," he said. "Last year, we celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi by achieving full sanitation coverage in our 600,000 villages. In 5 years, we built over 10 crore toilets which improved our rural sanitation cover from 38% to 100%," he informed.

Speaking about the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, PM Modi said, "In India, we have tried to make the fight against the pandemic a people's movement, by combining the efforts of Government and civil society," he added.