PM: UN faces confidence crisis, must fix outdated structures

Trump demands action against China over virus, Xi talks of cooperation

PM: UN faces confidence crisis, must fix outdated structures

Xi Jinping, Chinese President

United Nations, September 22

In an under-four minute video message, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed United Nations the mirror and urged it to take a long, hard look at its “crisis of confidence” while ratcheting up the call for a new template of multilateralism that “reflects today’s realities” on Day One of the United Nations high-level week being live-streamed to the world from the UN headquarters in New York City.

Modi’s remarks came at a “high-level meeting” to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly.

Don’t want war of any kind: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that Beijing has “no intention to fight either a cold war or a hot one with any country,” as tensions grow between China and the US. “We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation. We will not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in zero sum game,” Xi said in a video statement to the virtual gathering of world leaders. Reuters

“We cannot fight today’s challenges with outdated structures without comprehensive reforms. The UN faces a crisis of confidence,” Modi said in a pre-recorded message.

“For today’s interconnected world, we need a reformed multilateralism that reflects today’s realities, gives voice to all stakeholders, addresses contemporary challenges and focuses on human welfare,” Modi said.

On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly committed itself to put “new life” into the stalled reform of the Security Council.

Modi came in at number 104 in a line of more than 180 other country leaders who are turning up in set-piece frames to deliver more than 700 minutes of content.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump used the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to attack China’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it must be held accountable for having “unleashed this plague onto the world”. By contrast, China's President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic. — Agencies

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