For Peace and Prosperity, World is Looking to India Ban Ki-moon

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged India to play a leadership role in ensuring peace in the region.

Speaking at the Sapru House, headquarters of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), UN lecture - ‘India and the United Nations in a Changing World,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged India to play a leadership role in ensuring peace in the region.

“The world is looking to India to help advance peace, prosperity and security in the region. As the world’s largest democracy, India has an important role. It is urgent in an era of rising terrorism,” the UN secretary-general emphasised.

“India, along with other countries in the region, needs to take a stand on nuclear disarmament as the growing stockpile of nuclear weapons in the region is a cause for concern, even as other nuclear states have announced limitations and end to production of nuclear materials.”

While maintaining that education is the key, the UN secretary-general stressed that schools must foster equality and harmony, rather than becoming a battleground of divisive ideologies.

Complimenting India for lifting millions out of poverty, Ban Ki-moon urged the government to ensure discrimination against minority groups, such as religious as well as gender.

While lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Make in India’, Ban Ki-moon said: “I want to add two words to it. Make it green in India. Climate action can power growth, increase energy security, and deliver better health.”

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