PM Modi Calls For UN Reforms, Says It Should Be An Instrument For Change
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, with Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

PM Modi Calls For UN Reforms, Says It Should Be An Instrument For Change

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday pressed for reforms at the United Nations, while expressing regret over some countries using the global body as a “tool” rather than an “institution” to resolve conflicts.

“A body like the UN should not merely be an institution but also an instrument for positive change,” he said at Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh.

During an on-stage discussion with Ray Dalio, founder, co-chairman and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, Modi said the UN as an institution for conflict resolution has not developed as desired.

“We have to think whether the UN has risen to the occasion when it comes to conflict resolution. I had raised this issue when the UN turned 70 but much discussion could not happen. I hope this topic is discussed more actively when the UN turns 75,” the prime minister said.

The United Nations has to reform according to the realities of the 21st century, Modi said, adding that the global body should not limit itself to provide assistance in the event of calamities and natural disasters.

“Some used the UN as a tool and not as an institution. While Some do not abide by the law, some are trapped under the burden of law. The world has to abide by law,” Modi said. “Earlier expansionist tendencies determined strength. Today development oriented polity, the quest for innovation is determining what strength is.”

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