President Pranab calls upon world community to unitedly defeat terrorism
President Pranab Mukherjee asked world leaders on Tuesday to come together to defeat the menace of terrorism, which has “no ideology” and only believes in “wanton destruction of humanity”.
Terrorism, the President said, has assumed such proportions as are difficult for individual nations to tackle.
“Terrorism has no ideology except the wanton destruction of humanity. We need to deal with this menace in order to leave a safer world for the coming generations,” the President was quoted in an official statement as saying at the function organised by Asian Forum on Global Governance, an outfit formed by former Union minister Shashi Tharoor.
The President said global governance is not just about maintaining peace as here were many challenges that needed to be tackled.
“Manifold challenges are staring at us such as poverty, hunger, disease and exploitation of the resources of mother earth,” he said, adding global governance is a concept that has come to acquire increasing significance today.
“Poverty eradication, environmental preservation of our planet, maintenance of peace, social inclusion etc. are at once the objectives of global governance and challenges to overcome.
“Global governance can acquire greater legitimacy through institutions that are more open and which find new and innovative ways to address issues,” he said while advocating restructuring of United Nations which was required so that it reflects “our times and rises to current challenges”.
The President said two important documents have been concluded by the global community in the recent past - the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on countering climate change.
“These two documents signify that the global community has agreed that it must be our common endeavour inter-alia to eradicate poverty and to develop and grow sustainably,” he said.