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PM Modi addresses the 70th Anniversary of the ECOSOC via video conferencing
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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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PM interacts with leaders of pharma industry
April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.