“Shared values, convergent interests and complementary strengths provide the foundation for natural partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies,” he said.
“Working together, we can contribute to building a more peaceful, stable, secure, sustainable and prosperous world,” he added.
In Houston, PM Modi said he will interact with CEOs of leading energy companies in the US with an aim to enhance India-US energy partnership. “Energy has emerged as a new area of mutually beneficial cooperation and is fast becoming an important facet of our bilateral relationship,” he said.
In New York, PM Modi will participate in various major events in the UN. Since its participation as a founding member of the UN in 1945, India has shown unwavering commitment to multilateralism to advance peace and security and promote broad-based inclusive economic growth and development in the world, the Prime Minister noted.
“Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion” is this year’s theme at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
“There are many pressing challenges for the international community – a still fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, growth and spread of terrorism, climate change and the endemic global challenge of poverty.”
“They require stronger global commitment and concerted multilateral action. I will reiterate our commitment to reformed multilateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive, and in which India plays her due role,” PM Modi said.
Through his participation in UN events, PM Modi said he will showcase India’s success in realising the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
“At the Climate Action Summit on September 23, I will highlight India’s robust action to address climate change in line with global goals and our international commitments,” the Prime Minister said.
“At the UN event on Universal Health Coverage, similarly, I look forward to sharing on the world stage India’s achievements in providing healthcare for the needy through many initiatives, including the Ayushman Bharat programme,” PM Modi said.
He pointed out that at the United Nations, India will also host an event to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which will underline the continuing relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values in today’s world.
Several heads of state and government along with UN Secretary-General will grace the occasion to pay our collective tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and underscore the significance of his message, PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders from other countries and UN entities on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
For the first time, India will hold leadership level interactions with the leaders of the Pacific Island States, and leaders of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) group on the margins of UNGA. This will take forward India’s vibrant South-South cooperation and partnership with them, PM Modi said.
He said he looks forward to addressing the opening plenary of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and inviting American business leaders to participate more actively in India’s economic growth and transformation.
He said he is honoured by the decision of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to confer upon him the Global Goalkeepers Goals Award 2019.