PM Modi to Skip UN General Assembly, EAM Jaishankar to Represent India at UNGA 78
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be skipping the United Nations General Assembly scheduled for this week. As per government sources, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be representing India at UNGA 78 in New York City.
United Nations 78th General Assembly is scheduled to begin on September 19, 2023. Brazil will be the traditional first speaker at UNGA 78, followed by the United States.
As per the list of provisional speakers, EAM S Jaishankar will be addressing the general debate on September 26, 2023, which will be the last day of the assembly.
Earlier on, India's "Head of Government" was scheduled to address the session on September 22, 2023. However, this stands cancelled.
Earlier this year, during his state visit to the United States, PM Modi led a yoga session at the UN Headquarters to mark the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21, 2023.
The PM-Modi-led yoga session also proceeded to create history. The Indian prime minister created a new Guiness World Record for "participation of people of most nationalities in a yoga event."
UNGA 78 - What's on the agenda?
As per reports, the theme of this year's general debate is "Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”.
Along with the general debate, a series of bilateral discussions will also take place on the sidelines of UNGA 78. At the 78th General Assembly, the issues of climate change and action, and the Russia-Ukraine war are expected to be discussed. More than 140 leaders from across the world are expected to be present for the meeting.