India Voted in Favor of UN Resolution to End Poverty in Rural Areas

India voted in support of a UN resolution to alleviate rural poverty and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Monday (local time). 

Sneha Dubey, India’s First Secretary to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), highlighted that reducing rural poverty in order to accomplish the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a very essential and critical problem for my delegation and country. 

This declaration was made following the approval of a resolution aimed at eradicating rural poverty in order to put the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action. 

In the previous decade, India has implemented a comprehensive development strategy to eradicate poverty by accelerating economic growth and expanding social safety nets, pulling millions of people out of poverty. During the COVID-19 pandemic, India implemented a first-of-its-kind social protection response that was pro-poor and comprehensive in scope. 

While applauding the resolution, India’s First Secretary Dubey expressed reservations over the language used in Operative Para 19. The phrases stated in this paragraph show a concerning trend of pushing a language germane to a specific member state without a clear explanation or widespread approval by the rest of the membership.