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Themes of Statements delivered by Heads of Indian Delegations at the United Nations General Assembly - General Debate


Year GA Session Head of Indian Delegation Key Themes/Issues
(For full text of each year's GA statement, please click on the theme of the statement)
1946 1st Shri Ramaswamy Mudaliar Principles of UN and its Organs and their responsibilities, vision of UN, atomic bomb
1947 2nd Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Problems of world and India, UN functions, conflict of ideology of East and West, Atomic Energy, implementations of Assembly recommendations
1948 3rd Mrs. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Differences between the five “big” powers in GA, disarmament issues, freedom and end of colonialism, racial discrimination, violence in India and Pakistan, problems and progress made in India, Issue of Hyderabad, and framing of Indian constitution
1949 4th Sir Benegal N Rau Commonwealth issues, Kashmir, Italian Colonies, Un Declaration on Human Rights, non-self-governing territories, deadlock in SC
1950 5th Sir Benegal N Rau Indian constitution and Indian republic and Indonesia Membership in UN, International issues of importance, development of under-developed regions, peace and security, Kashmir, racial discrimination, fear of aggression and war, Atomic Bomb, disarmament issues
1951 6th Sir Benegal N Rau Review performance of UN- achievements and failures, representation in UN of new countries, disarmament, war and aggression, treatment of Indians, rise of nationalism
1952 7th Mrs.Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Maintaining peace and security, principle of universality of membership, transition from colonialism to self – rule, racial policy, first general elections in  India and progress made
1953 8th Shri V. K. Krishna Menon Achievements of UN and world tension, disarmament, atomic weapons and gas/bacterial warfare, torture, recognition of new states and Asian representation, raising living standards, economic development, international issues and problem of colonialism, peace and security, role of Army in resolving political problems, atomic weapons.
1954 9th Shri V. K. Krishna Menon Future of UN and the world, disarmament, colonial and Trust territories, importance of Asia in world, problem of Indo-China, no progress in peace and peace treaty with Japan, World Children’s day, Power blocs- East Vs, West and German Unity, China and UN, civilian use of Atomic energy, representation in UN.
1955 10th Shri V. K. Krishna Menon Food security, Economic Development, Decolonization, Peaceful use of atomic energy, peace and security, China, Bandung Conference - NAM
1956 11th Pt.Jawahar Lal Nehru Principles of UN and implementation, World order-One World, events in Egypt and Hungary, wars and weapons and need for peaceful solutions, Cold War, disarmament, importance of peaceful means and ends
1957 12th Shri V.K.Krishna Menon Review of Role of UN and progress made, membership of UN, world peace and cooperation, second Indian general elections and progress, economic planning, food security, progress and issues in India, foreign relations of India, colonial problem, economic and social questions, international administrative service, Aid, Cold war, international issues, disarmament, nuclear tests and atomic energy,
1958 13th Shri V.K.Krishna Menon International finance system, planning and economic development, five year plan
1959 14th Shri V.K.Krishna Menon Disarmament, economic development, work organization, social  and economic systems, food security, Aid, Indian army and peacekeeping, Indo-china, international issues, Decolonization, apartheid and racial discrimination, weapons of mass destruction,
1960 15th Pt.Jawahar Lal Nehru Decolonization, economic development, disarmament, specialized agencies-UNESCO, WMD, Indo-China,
1961 16th Shri V.K.Krishna Menon Decolonization
1962 17th Shri V.K.Krishna Menon UN Charter, Goa,  Kashmir
1963 18th Mrs.Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Decolonization, Treaty to Ban Nuclear Tests, Rivalry between US and USSR, Chinese occupation of Indian territory, Peaceful settlement of dispute with Pakistan, Racial discrimination in South Africa, Economic development
1964 19th Sardar Swaran Singh Decolonization, Apartheid, NAM, Disarmament, Non-proliferation of nuclear arms, Economic development
1965 20th Sardar Swaran Singh Pakistan Aggression, Colonialism, Apartheid, Disarmament, esp., Nuclear Disarmament, UN Decade of Development , UNCTAD’s Final Act.
1966 21st Sardar Swaran Singh Situation in Vietnam, China’s threat in north-east and its ultimatum, Colonialism, Apartheid, disarmament (esp., nuclear), lack of progress in Development decade.
1967 22nd Mrs. Indira Gandhi Economic and technological inequality among nations. Nations should determine their own destiny without interference or aggression (Vietnam, Czechoslovakia and West-Asia – Israel) Colonialism, Apartheid, nuclear disarmament.
1968 23rd Shri Dinesh Singh Mahatma Gandhi's birth centenary and the values he stood for; economic disparities among nations. Arms race and unequal NPT and usual points against colonialism, Apartheid and foreign occupation.
1969 24th Sardar Swaran Singh 1st Decade of Disarmament and 2nd Decade of Development ( Right of States to economic development) Friendly Relations Declaration adopted by 6th Committee and colonialism, Apartheid and foreign occupation
1970 25th Sardar Swaran Singh Indian point of view on 1971 Indo-Pak conflict.
1971 26th Sardar Swaran Singh Pursuit of bilateralism in the search for international progress.
1972 27th Sardar Swaran Singh Normalization of relations and establishment of durable peace in the Indian sub-continent post 1971 conflict.
1973 28th Sardar Swaran Singh Normalization of relations and establishment of durable peace in the Indian sub-continent post 1971 conflict.
1974 29th Sardar Swaran Singh India position against racism and colonialism.
1975 30th Shri Y.V. Chavan Colonialism and economic development.
1976 31st Shri Y.V.Chavan Disarmament, inter-dependence of developing and developed countries for economic development.
1977 32nd Shri A.B. Vajpayee International economic cooperation, nuclear disarmament.
1978 33rd Shri A.B.Vajpayee Cold War detente, arms race.
1979 34th Shri S.N.Mishra Nuclear disarmament, creation of a new economic order.
1980 35th Shri P.V. Narsimha Rao International cooperation and inter-dependence, peace in the continent of Asia and Indian Ocean region.
1981 36th Shri P.V.Narsimha Rao Focus on regional cooperation in South Asia, responsibility of north in development cooperation and restructuring of international financial institutions.
1982 37th Shri P.V.Narsimha Rao India proposal on disarmament, international cooperation for development, importance of North-South cooperation and ODA.
1983 38th Mrs.Indira Gandhi Overarching focus on message of NAM following Delhi NAM meeting - to entire world, disarmament focus, equity in international economic structure.
1984 39th Shri R.N.Mirdha Call to focus on NAM principles, arms race and disarmament, India role in Sri Lanka - non-interference, imperative of global economic growth.
1985 40th Shri Khursheed Alam Khan Message of NAM - central of ethos of UN - nuclear disarmament - welcome resumption of negotiations between Russia and US, against racial discrimination in South Africa, non-interference in internal matters of state, reviving international economic growth.
1986 41st Shri P.Shiv Shanker Welcome US and Russia talks on de-weaponization, call for disarmament, support South Africa in battle against apartheid, imbalances in world economy to be addressed.
1987 42nd Shri Rajiv Gandhi Environment and sustainable development, strong focus on respect for environment, developing countries have right to develop, desist from stockpiling nuclear weapons.
1988 43rd Shri P.V.Narsimha Rao Importance of preserving human life and activity on planet, call for total disarmament, linkage between disarmament and development, abolish apartheid, restructuring of international financial system.
1989 44th Shri P.V.Narsimha Rao Call for Namibia independence, total elimination of nuclear weapons by 2010 - as per Rajiv Gandhi Plan, revitalize North-South Dialogue, global compact for combating for environmental degradation.
1990 45th Shri I.K.Gujral Welcome the end of Cold War - flouting of human rights in Sindh and Baluchistan in Pakistan, welcome reordering of Eastern Europe, elimination of nuclear weapons, creating conducive international environmental for economic growth, environment protection requires funds for developing countries and transfer of technologies.
1991 46th Shri Madhav Singh Solanki Global peace disarmament, development, international developments
1992 47th Shri Eduardo Faleiro World peace, UN reforms, sustainable development
1993 48th Shri Dinesh Singh Global integration, peacekeeping, human rights, UN reforms
1994 49th Shri Pranab Mukherjee Disarmament, human rights and development
1995 50th Shri Pranab Mukherjee Vision for UN (50th Anniversary), development, international economic issues, terrorism, nuclear disarmament
1996 51st Shri I.K. Gujral Regional conflict-unilateral action, Financial crisis of the UN, Reform of multilateral financial system, Terrorism, Disarmament, CTBT, UN Reforms-UNSC reforms, Peacekeeping, Regional cooperation – SAARC, ASEAN and AU, NAM
1997 52nd Shri Inder Kumar Gujral International peace and security, UN reforms, Development
1998 53rd Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Democracy, Democratization of UN, Disarmament, International economic issues, and Development
1999 54th Shri Jaswant Singh 20th Century assessment, Globalization, Pakistan (Kargil), Disarmament
2000 55th Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Poverty Eradication, Development, Disarmament, UN Reforms
2001 56th Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee Terrorism ,Development issues
2002 57th Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee Terrorism, Sustainable Development, Poverty Alleviation
2003 58th Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee UNSC reform, Terrorism, Globalization
2004 59th Dr. Manmohan Singh UNSC Reform, Terrorism, Development
2005 60th Dr. Manmohan Singh UNSC reform, World Outcome Document
2006 61st Shri Pranab Mukherjee Development, Global Economic Situation/ UNSC Reform, Terrorism
2007 62nd Shri Pranab Mukherjee UNSC Reform, Development, Terrorism, Disarmament
2008 63rd Dr.Manmohan Singh Globalization, Climate Change, Terrorism
2009 64th Shri S.M.Krishna Financial crises, UNSC reform, Climate Change Disarmament Terrorism
2010 65th Shri S.M. Krishna MDG, Climate Change
2011 66th Dr.Manmohan Singh UNSC reform, Development agenda
2012 67th Shri S.M.Krishna Sustainable Development, Terrorism, UNSC reform
2013 68th Dr.Manmohan Singh Combating Terrorism, UN Reform & Development

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