Key Takeaways from Sushma Swaraj’s Speech at UN General Assembly

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Besides emphasising on international cooperation, she also spoke about the need to mitigate global warming and demonetisation.

Important takeaways from Sushma Swaraj’s speech in New York

Indo-Pak relations

In response to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s allegations of brutality in Kashmir, she said that India had made substantial progress since Independence but Pakistan had become “pre-eminent export factory for terror”.

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Why is it that today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?… We have marched ahead, consistently, without pause” and created IITs, IIMs and AIIMS and produced scholars, doctors, engineers and scientists.

About Climate Change

“Nature sent its warning to the world even before the world’s leadership gathered in New York at the United Nations through Harvey,” she said referring to the deadly Hurricane Harvey that hit the US in August.

“We must understand, this requires more serious action than talk. The developed world must listen more carefully than others, because it has more capacities than others.It must help the less fortunate through technology transfer and Green Climate Financing — that is the only way to save future generations,” Swaraj said.

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“Demonetisation was a courageous decision to challenge one of the by-products of corruption, the ‘black money’ that disappeared from circulation.”

Attempts to reduce poverty

“We are turning them from job-seekers into job-providers.” She spoke at length about several initiatives like the Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra Yojana, Skill India, Ujjwala Yojana and Digital India.
She highlighted how these measures were transforming and strengthening the lives of people.

Nuclear proliferation

“Nuclear proliferation is back in the zone of dangerous headlines. Cyber security has become a source of deep insecurity.

A lot of people took to twitter to appreciate her for delivering this powerful speech.

About Sustainable Development

“India has displayed courage & leadership to take tough decisions which have launched interlinked process of sustainable development.”

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