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PM Modi's Friday Schedule: Host G-4 Leaders, UNGA, India's Permanent Seat In UNSC

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| September 25 , 2015 , 06:37 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed Friday schedule, by hosting a key G-4 Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. [caption id="attachment_130107" align="aligncenter" width="700"]PM Modi on Friday will play host to G-4 leaders, on first meeting since 2004, on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session in New York.(Photo: AP) PM Modi on Friday will play host to G-4 leaders, on first meeting since 2004, on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session in New York.(Photo: AP)[/caption] This will be the first ever G-4 since 2004 and takes places in the UN's 70th anniversary. It also comes days after the UN's 69th session passed a resolution for a text based negotiation Security Council reform which was spear-headed by India. The G-4 summit will bring together Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Their discussions are expected to focus on winning broad-based support for their position, which is an expansion of the permanent and non-permanent membership of the Security Council. Earlier on Wednesday, on his stopover in Dublin en route to New York, Modi said he had sought Ireland’s support for Security Council reforms. Days before his departure, in a Facebook post, Modi said “the 70th anniversary of the UN is an apposite moment for reform discussions to be accelerated”. PM Modi will also make a statement on pushing for development reforms and focus on early and urgent reforms. Threat of terrorism by non-state actors will also be his focal point. In a letter to the UN Secretary General in July, Modi had said that that the UN must be made more effective for dealing with new security challenges as “we are now living in an era when non-state military actors are a major factor.” “We must use this historic year to jointly send an unambiguous message of zero tolerance against terrorism. An important step in this direction would be adopting the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism at the United Nations this year,” Modi had written in the letter. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji has said that the Prime Minister’s speech at the Sustainable Development summit will focus on “Agenda 2030” since he “has given a lot of attention to the substance of the development agenda.” Among the ambitious 17 goals to be adopted by the UN for the next 15 years is complete poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities and clean water and sanitation. In his letter to the UN Chief, Modi had also underscored that eliminating poverty by 2030 should “unquestionably” be at the heart of the post-2015 Development Agenda. “The most acute forms of poverty still remain the most pressing problem and require direct, urgent and sustained interventions. Addressing the needs, concerns and human rights of 1.3 billion poor people in the world is not merely a question of their survival and dignity, but also a vital necessity for an enduring peaceful, sustainable and just international order,” he said. The post-2015 Development Agenda should ensure that no one is left behind and “we must rekindle the strength of international support and partnership that had characterised some of our social missions in the past for tackling poverty,” he had said.

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