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Shared experience of fighting pandemic has taught us we are stronger when together: PM Modi

Shared experience of fighting pandemic has taught us we are stronger when together: PM Modi

New York/New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that for almost two years now humanity has been battling a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic and the challenge of the pandemic has taught us that we are stronger and better when we are together.

In a video address to the Global Citizen Movement on Saturday night, the Prime Minister said: "Our shared experience of fighting the pandemic has taught us - we are stronger and better when we are together"
“We saw glimpses of this collective spirit when our COVID-19 warriors, doctors, nurses, medical staff gave their best in fighting the pandemic. We saw this spirit in our scientists and innovators, who created new vaccines in record time. Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else.”

He also said that poverty remains the most persistent of the challenges in the world.

“Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners. Trusted partners who will give them the enabling infrastructure to forever break the vicious circle of poverty,” he said.

He said that when power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty. He enumerated measures like banking the unbanked, providing social security coverage to millions, giving free and quality healthcare to 500 million Indians, as examples of empowering the poor.

He spoke about 30 million houses built for the homeless in the cities and villages, and added that a house is not only about shelter. “A roof over the head gives people dignity,” he said. In addition, a “mass movement” to provide drinking water connection to every household, spending over a trillion dollars for next-generation infrastructure, free food grains being provided to 800 millions of the citizens and several other efforts will give strength to the fight against poverty, the Prime Minister said.

He also discussed the threat of climate change and said: “The threat of climate change is looming large above us.

“The world will have to accept that any change in the global environment first begins with the self.

“The simplest and most successful way to mitigate climate change is to lead lifestyles that are in harmony with nature."

Calling Mahatma Gandhi one of the “greatest environmentalists of the world”, the Prime Minister elaborated how Bapu led a zero carbon footprints lifestyle.

“In whatever he did, Gandhi ji put the welfare of our planet above everything else,” he said and highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship propounded by the Mahatma “where we all are trustees of the planet with the duty of caring for it”.

Prime Minister Modi said that India is the only G-20 nation that is on track with its Paris commitments. India is also proud to have brought the world together under the banner of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, he added.

Global Citizen Live is a 24-hour event being held on September 25 and 26 and will involve live events in major cities including Mumbai, New York, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, Los Angeles, Lagos and Seoul.

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