Gutteres outlined several ways India may improve its reputation in this regard, including by categorically denouncing hate speech and defending the rights of journalists and human rights advocates.

With a “strong commitment to inclusivity and respect for human rights at home,” according to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, India’s voice on the international stage may grow stronger and more credible.

Gutteres made the comments while delivering a speech on the topic of “India-UN Partnership: Strengthening South-South Cooperation” to a group of people at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay. He outlined several ways India may improve its reputation in this regard, such as by emphatically denouncing hate speech and defending the rights of journalists and human rights advocates.

In his 26-minute speech, the UN head mostly discussed India’s accomplishments over the previous 75 years as the greatest democracy in the world, its current position as the fastest-growing global economy, and its role as a founding member of the UN. In addition, he emphasised that, as the country that is home to one-sixth of the world’s population and the largest generation of young people, India has a “unique chance” to influence global policy and “make or break the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.”

India is one of the top 25 financial donors to the UN and has established itself as a “voice of reason” that speaks for developing nations, according to Ruchira Kamboj, the country’s representative to the UN in New York, who addressed the audience. She cited India’s assistance with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Ukraine, Myanmar, Yemen, and the distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations during the pandemic.

India is also attempting to improve multilateralism since, according to her, the current international system—which includes the UN—is “stuck in 1945” and does not meet modern needs.The 73-year-old former premier of Portugal, Gutteres, spoke about inclusivity and human rights toward the end of his speech. He asserted that India has been a global leader since its founding and that its nonviolent independence movement inspired anti-colonial struggles throughout the world.

Furthermore, he said that today’s youth are more globally aware and cosmopolitan than they were in his day, when people were less able to appreciate how interconnected everyone is and how nationalisms are irrelevant in the face of universal issues.

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