India to raise economic crisis at UN, seek inclusive growth

September 17th, 2011 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will raise the issue of the global economic crisis and seek measures to foster and sustain inclusive growth when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York next week.

Manmohan Singh, who will be in New York from Sep 22 to 26, will address the UNGA on Sep 24, when he will call for “some collective measures, where they are feasible, and to refocus the world in the critical issue of poverty eradication and inclusive growth,” Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told media Saturday while briefing on the upcoming visit.

“The present UNGA session is taking place at a time of continuing global economic and financial uncertainties, with food and fuel prices at their peak. The impact is being felt most severely by developing countries, which are struggling to alleviate poverty and improve the living standards of its people.

“As a key emerging major economy, which is playing a constructive role in contributing to global economic recovery, we will reaffirm our commitment at the UN, to continue working with other countries and agencies, to further global economic and financial stability, as well as to foster strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth,” Mathai said.

India, Mathai said, would continue to focus attention of the UN on poverty eradication, as the foremost developmental challenge and the need to foster and sustain inclusive growth as a primary requirement for poverty eradication.

“It is imperative that the international community joins hands to ensure that every effort is made to attain the Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” he said.

India would call for greater mobilization of resources, including honouring of official development assistance commitments, and policy action for attaining the MDGs.

“The attempt to achieve the millennium development goals is part and parcel of the poverty eradication efforts,” he said.

“We will also actively engage with UN Member States on human rights issues and to strengthen the UN’s humanitarian operations.”

The prime minister’s delegation will include External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, his principal secretary T.K.A. Nair, the foreign secretary and a host of other senior officials from other ministries.

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