'Committed to a sustainable path to prosperity'

September 25, 2015 07:03 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 02:23 am IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday.

In his inaugural address at the UN General Assembly session to adopt the 2030 global development agenda here, Pope Francis urged world leaders to abandon nuclear weapons and end wars. >More..

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai also addressed the UNGA and expressed concern at the continuing outbreak of violence across the world, such as that witnessed in Nigeria where the Boko Haram kidnapped young girls, and urged world leaders to help put an end to such incidents that deprived young girls of an education.

The United Nations officially adopted a new set of global goals on Friday to combat poverty, inequality and climate change over the next 15 years in the most comprehensive international effort ever to tackle the world's ills. >More..

Here are the live updates:

22:58: We must also reform the UNSC, broad-based representation needed: Modi

22:57: Hope developed countries will meet their commitment on climate change: Modi

22:56: Mr. Modi emphasises on climate justice over climate action for providing clean environment for people in India.

22:55: Need to change our lifestyles in order to reduce energy dependency: Modi

22:54 : Indian tradition considers the entire world as one family: Modi

22:51: I represent a culture where the earth is considered our mother: Modi

22:50: Committed to a sustainable path to prosperity; that is rooted in our culture: Modi

22:49: Working on making farmers less vulnerable to the vagaries of nature: Modi

22:48: The poor people are confident now that they have a better future: Modi

22:47: Working on providing pension services to the poor in India: Modi

22:46: We welcome stress on climate change, sustainability in SDGs, says Modi

22:45: Indian development agenda is mirrored in the SDG of UN: Modi

22:44: World that is peaceful, system that is just and development that is sustainable, that is our responsibility: Modi

22:42: Poverty eradication on top of our agenda, says Modi

22:41: The Post-2015 Development Agenda focuses on solving many problems: Modi

22:42: Today we are here to decide on the new direction for the humanity: Modi

22:40: Mahatma Gandhi had spoken about caring for a world that we will not see: Modi

22:40: Mr. Modi addresses the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

22:32 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel is speaking at the UNGA.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents a book 'India & the United Nations' to U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. Photo:PTI

21:34: The 17 development goals aim to fight climate change and ensure gender equality and education for all, among other things. The non-binding goals are expected to cost between $3.5 trillion and $5 trillion every year until 2030.

21:27: Nobel Peace laureate Malala says: "Promise us that you will keep your commitments and invest in our future. Promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education. This is the investment the world needs and what world leaders must do."

21:22: World leaders approve new UN goals for next 15 years to eradicate poverty, protect planet

20:39: Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is now addressing the UNGA. Promise all children peace, prosperity, education, she says.

20:20: Pope Francis receives standing ovation at UN for speech calling world leaders to abandon nuclear weapons and end wars.

20:06: In clear reference to Islamic State, Pope condemns persecution of religious minorities, destruction of cultural heritage.


19:56: Pope at UN declares poor have right to education, lodging, labor and land


19:54: Pope declares a 'right of the environment' at UN, says man has no authority to abuse it.

19:53: Pope condemns exclusion of girls from education in some countries.

19:48: Pope Francis says international financial agencies shouldn't indulge in oppressive lending practices.

19:20: Pope beseeches world leaders to protect the environment. >Read more



18:45: Pope Francis is at UN headquarters New York and is proceeding to the General Assembly to give his address.

Here's Prime Minister Modi's complete itinerary:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York City on Thursday to attend the U.N. General Assembly and a series of bilateral engagements on its margins. >More..

An official told The Hindu there had been ‘very little time’ to organise the interactions ahead of the U.S. visit. Instead, the briefing came from BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who held a Facebook interaction on September 21.

The forthright statements and the use of the PM’s personal website and Twitter handles are giving rise to speculation that South Block is ceding ground to more ‘unofficial modes’ of public diplomacy in the Modi government. >More..>

After assuming office in June 2014, Mr. Modi has visited several countries in a bid to hard sell his government's 'Make In India' campaign and to boost bilateral relations. Here is an >interactive map of countries visited by the Prime Minister and the highlights of his visit.

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