New Delhi —
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the UN to reform in line with 21st century realities to ensure representation of important voices, according to an interview published on Sunday.
“A mid-20th century approach cannot help the world in the 21st century,” Modi, who will host a summit of the Group of 20 major economies starting next weekend, told the Press Trust of India news agency.
Modi, the leader of the world’s most populous country and an aspiring permanent member of the UN Security Council, has sought to improve India’s status and support its causes, such as help with unsustainable debt. Mody used the global platform of the G20 summit starting on September 9 to support his cause.
He reiterated his support in the interview for the African Union to become a full member of the G20.
The two-day summit will feature India’s most high-profile guest list, from US President Joe Biden to French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.
“International institutions need to recognize the changing realities, review their priorities,” Modi said, adding that it was important to ensure representation of voices. “India’s G20 presidency also sowed seeds of confidence in so-called third world countries.”
Modi, 72, said India’s presidency of the G20 had resulted in a recognition that anti-inflation policies in one country did not harm others. (my/hour)