PM Modi arrives in New York to attend UN summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York on Wednesday evening on his second US visit, a five-day trip during which he will address world leaders at a UN sustainable development summit and interact with top CEOs and the Indian diaspora in Silicon Valley.

Modi will have a packed agenda for the next two days in the city and then in California from September 26-27.

The Prime Minister was received at the airport by Indian ambassador Arun K Singh, India’s envoy to the UN Asoke Mukerji, consul general Dnyaneshwar Mulay and their spouses.

Modi will return to New York on September 28 for a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama as well as to attend a high-level peace-keeping summit at the United Nations.

On Friday, he will address global heads of state at the Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon when the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted.

India will also host the G-4 summit in New York on September 26, before Modi leaves for the West Coast for a packed two-day trip during where he is expected to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai. He will also attend a grand community reception in San Jose.

Modi will also meet President Barack Obama on September 28, his third summit meeting with the President in about a year.

The Prime Minister is expected to focus on giving a further push to early and urgent reform of the Security Council and to send an “unambiguous message” of “zero tolerance against terrorism”.

In a letter to the UN secretary general in July, Modi said that the UN must be made more effective for dealing with new security challenges as “we are now living in an era when non-state military actors are a major factor”.

“We must use this historic year to jointly send an unambiguous message of zero tolerance against terrorism. An important step in this direction would be adopting the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism at the United Nations this year,” Modi wrote in the letter.

India’s permanent representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji said that the Prime Minister’s speech at the Sustainable Development summit will focus on “Agenda 2030” since he “has given a lot of attention to the substance of the development agenda”.

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