PM Modi Attends the NAM Summit via Video Conferencing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged the issues of terrorism and fake news in his first address to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit on Monday. Check full details here.

Updated: May 05, 2020 10:03 IST

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Monika

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Modi in his first address to the NAM summit.

In his first address to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit since 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, swagged the issues of “terrorism” and “fake news,” calling them “deadly viruses” at this time when the world battles the novel coronavirus. Modi stated that they should develop a platform for NAM countries to pool their “experiences, best practices, crisis management protocols, resources, and research.”

“NAM should call upon the international community and the WHO to concentrate on building health-capacity in developing countries. We should ensure equitable, affordable, and timely access to health products and technologies for all,” he said.

“Even as the world fights COVID-19, some people are busy spreading other deadly viruses. Such as terrorism. Such as fake news, and doctored videos to divide communities and countries,” he said.

This was the first time Modi participated during a NAM summit — he had become the first Indian Prime Minister to skip the NAM summit in 2016 and 2019 too.

The NAM leaders announced the creation of a task force to identify the requirements of member countries through a shared database reflecting their basic medical, social, and humanitarian needs in the fight against COVID-19.

Calling it the “most serious crisis” humanity has faced in decades, Modi underlined that at this point, NAM could help promote global solidarity. “NAM has often been the world’s moral voice. To retain this role, NAM must remain inclusive.”

He added that COVID-19 had shown limitations of the existing international system. In the post-COVID world, a new template of globalization, based on fairness, equality, and humanity, is needed, he said. “We need international institutions that are more representative of today’s world.”