New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York and highlighted India’s contribution towards making the planet plastic-free.

“While I was coming here, I read on the walls of the United Nations ‘No more single-use plastic’. I am delighted to inform you that we are running a big campaign in India to free the country of single-use plastic,” he said.

In his maiden speech at the global body after assuming office for the second term, PM Modi said, “When a developing nation successfully carries out the biggest cleanliness drive of the world and provides more than 11 crore toilets to its people just within 5 years, that system gives a message of inspiration to the entire world.”

Talking about terrorism that is emanating from the neighbouring country, PM Modi said terrorism is not a challenge for any one country, but for all countries.

“We believe that terrorism is not a challenge for any one country, but for all countries and of mankind as a whole. So for the sake of humanity, the world has to unite against terror,” PM Modi said.

In his speech at the UNGA, PM Modi highlighted issues such as development, security, counter-terrorism and climate change. PM Modi said the issue of terrorism had divided the world and that is the reason why the UN was created to handle this menace.

This year’s theme of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly is ‘galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion’.

PM Modi said India’s contribution towards United Nations Peace-keeping missions has been immense. “No other country in the world has sacrificed as much as India has for these peace-keeping missions,” he added.

Highlighting the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme of the Central government, PM Modi in his speech said, “When a developing country, successfully runs the world’s biggest health insurance scheme, giving 500 million people the facility of an annual health cover of Rs 500,000 for free treatment, the achievements and responsive systems that result from this scheme show the world a new path.”

Referring to the government’s initiative towards Aadhaar, PM Modi said, “When a developing country, launches for its citizens, the world’s biggest digital identification program, giving them a biometric identity, thereby ensuring they can avail of their rights and saves more than 20 billion dollars by checking corruption, the modern systems that result from it, give the world a new hope.”