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PM Modi addresses the 70th Anniversary of the ECOSOC via video conferencing
ECOSOC is a key pillar of the United Nations structure: PM
The work of the ECOSOC is central to the overall agenda of the United Nations, says PM Modi
Eradication of poverty remains the greatest unfinished business of the 20th century: PM
Guiding philosophy of the ECOSOC must always be the welfare of the poorest of the poor, or 'Antodaya': PM
As long as poverty exists & people across world are deprived of basic amenities, work of ECOSOC won't be complete: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has addressed, through a video message, the special event in New York City, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Following is the text of the Prime Minister's address:

President of ECOSOC,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I thank the President of ECOSOC for inviting me to address the special meeting today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Economic and Social Council. 

On this occasion, I extend my sincere greetings and congratulations to all members of United Nations. 

Mr. President, Excellencies, 

The ECOSOC is a key pillar of the United Nations structure. 

Its creation as a distinct part of United Nations is a testimony  to the centrality of development  in the vision of the founders of the UN. 

To achieve a peaceful and prosperous world, we need to put in place, first and foremost, conditions for rapid socio-economic development;  improvement in the human condition,  and an end to hunger and deprivation. 

Excellencies, 

India was a proud participant in the creation of this body. 

An eminent citizen of India, Arcot Ramaswamy Mudaliar, was a key architect of ECOSOC. 

He had the privilege of serving as the first President of ECOSOC at its inaugural session in 1946. 

In his opening address to the ECOSOC’s first session, Ramaswamy defined what he saw was the role ECOSOC had to play in subsequent years. 

He said and I quote:  “On the work of this Council and on its ability to solve intricate economic problems of a complicated nature, depends the chance of achieving real security and peace in the world of the future”. Unquote 

The work of the ECOSOC therefore, particularly the manner in which it advances the improvement in the human condition and ensures a life of dignity for all, is central to the overall agenda of the United Nations. 

70 years have passed since this body was created. We are now 15 years into the 21st century. But has the ECOSOC managed to fulfill the expectations of our founders? 

While we have seen remarkable progress over these 70 years, eradication of poverty remains the greatest unfinished business of the 20th century. It is also the most important unfulfilled objective of the United Nations. 

Excellencies, 

The 70th anniversary of the ECOSOC could not have come at a more appropriate moment. 

The international community has just given to itself a new comprehensive vision of development. 

The ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, presents a valuable opportunity for the UN system to rethink its role and purpose, and make itself more effective. 

It is now the responsibility of ECOSOC to rise up to this challenge and contribute to making this Agenda a success. 

The 2030 Agenda is a reflection of the challenges faced by poorer countries. 

We in the developing world  not only have to end poverty and hunger  and satisfy the legitimate aspirations  of our people for a better life,  we also have to do so  in a manner that is friendly to the planet  and environment. 

The developed countries on the other hand, face enormous responsibilities to rapidly move their economies on to a sustainable path, follow sustainable lifestyles  and assist developing countries  with finance and technologies. 

At the same time, we have enormous resources at our command. And technology today presents us with solutions that were unthinkable earlier. 

The challenge is to channel the available resources and use technology to tackle the most urgent problems facing us. 

I urge you to see this as an opportunity. To rejuvenate the Council, to make it more action oriented, policy relevant and more responsive to the needs and aspirations of our people. 

In doing so, the guiding philosophy of the ECOSOC must always be the welfare of the poorest of the poor, or ‘Antyodaya’ in Indian thought. 

So long as there is poverty in the world,  so long as our people,  no matter in which country,  remain deprived of basic human amenities,  freedoms,  rights and opportunities,  the work of the ECOSOC  will not be complete. 

I am confident that ECOSOC will live up to the dreams of the founding fathers of the United Nations. 

Thank you.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 9 Medical Colleges in Siddharth Nagar, UP. These nine medical colleges are in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur. Governor and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said the Union Government and the Government of Uttar Pradesh is the result of decades of hard work of many Karma Yogis. He said that Siddharthnagar has also given such a dedicated public representative in the form of Late Madhav Prasad Tripathi ji to the country, whose tireless hard work is helping the nation today. He added that to name the new medical college of Siddharthnagar after Madhav Babu is a true tribute to his service. The name of Madhav Babu will continue to give inspiration for public service to the young doctors coming out of the college, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister remarked that with the creation of 9 new medical colleges, about two and a half thousand new beds have been created, new employment opportunities have been created for more than 5 thousand doctors and paramedics. “With this, a new path of medical education has been opened for hundreds of youth every year”, he said.

The Prime Minister said Purvanchal’s image was spoiled by the previous governments because of the tragic deaths due to meningitis. The same Purvanchal, the same Uttar Pradesh is going to give a new light of health to eastern India, Shri Modi remarked.

The Prime Minister recalled the episode in Parliament where current Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ji, as the Member of Parliament, had narrated the agony of the poor medical system of the state in the Parliament. The Prime Minister said today, the people of Uttar Pradesh are seeing that Yogi ji, given a chance to serve by the people, has stopped the progress of encephalitis and saved the lives of thousands of children of this area. “When the government is sensitive, there is a sense of compassion in the mind to understand the pain of the poor, then such accomplishments happen”, the Prime Minister remarked.

The Prime Minister said that the dedication of so many medical colleges is unprecedented in the state. “This did not happen earlier and why it is happening now, there is only one reason - political will and political priority” emphasized the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister explained that previous governments in Delhi 7 years ago and the government in Uttar Pradesh 4 years ago, used to work for votes and used to get satisfied just by announcing some dispensary or some small hospital for votes consideration. The Prime Minister said for a long time, either the building was not built, if there was a building, there were no machines, if both were done, there would be no doctors and other staff. The cycle of corruption, which looted thousands of crores of rupees from the poor, used to relentlessly run round the clock.

The Prime Minister said before 2014, the medical seats in our country were less than 90,000. In the last 7 years, 60,000 new medical seats have been added in the country. Here in Uttar Pradesh too, till 2017 there were only 1900 medical seats in government medical colleges. Whereas in the government of double engine, more than 1900 seats have been increased in just the last four years.