Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday morning as he has arrived in New York. The UNGA session this year follows the 75th session which was held virtually due to the pandemic. 

This comes after his first ever bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden and also the first in-person Quad summit on Friday in Washington. 

The prime minister and his counterparts – Scott Morrison of Australia and Japan’s Yoshihide Suga – attended the meeting of Quad leaders hosted by US President Biden in Washington.

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“Landed in New York City. Will be addressing the UNGA at 6:30 PM (IST) on the 25th,” the prime minister tweeted. 

Adding to it, “Voicing the sentiments of the 1.3 billion people of India! PM @narendramodi arrives in New York to address the 76th UNGA tomorrow. India’s current membership of the @UN Security Council lends even greater significance!,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a tweet.

As the first world leader scheduled to address the world organisation, Narendra Modi will speak at the UN General Debate on Saturday morning. 

The prime minister was received at the airport by India’s ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu and India’s Permanent Representative to the UN ambassador T S Tirumurti.

Modi will address the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday. The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.

As per the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, about 109 heads of state and government will address the General Debate in person and nearly 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements.

Due to the pandemic, the session was held virtually last year, with world leaders submitting their pre-recorded video statements for it in September. This year too, however, leaders have been given the option to send in pre-recorded statements as the pandemic continues to rage across the world.