New Delhi, Sep.21 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, while leaving for New York to attend 66th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today placed emphasis on the global challenges staring at the world community like the economic slowdown and high inflationary pressures.
In a departure statement released ahead of his visit to New York, Dr. Singh called on the United Nations to resume its global leadership role.
He also stated that terrorism and non-traditional threats to international security such as piracy, are threatening states and the international political and social order.
Dr. Singh also said that he believed that India's non permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had reaped results.
"India has been a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since January this year, after a gap of 19 years. Our efforts at promoting international peace and security and bringing to bear a developing country's perspective have, I believe, enriched the council's deliberations and enhanced its effectiveness," he said.
Dr.Singh also touched upon the upheavals in West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf region and uncertainty about the shape of things to come in this crucial part of the world in the period ahead.
He also said that the Palestine question remained unresolved.
"More than ever before, it is imperative for all countries to act in concert to address these challenges. This is the time for United Nations to resume its global leadership role," Singh urged.
The Prime Minister will be addressing the UNGA on September 24 and will also be holding bilateral meetings with the heads of state and government of Iran, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Japan and Nepal. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)