NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the transformative impact of India’s G20 presidency on the global stage. In a recent OpEd piece discussing India’s role in the prestigious forum, the Prime Minister highlighted three crucial shifts in the post-pandemic world order.
First and foremost, there is a growing recognition of the need to shift from a GDP-centric perspective to a human-centric view of the world. This signifies a shift towards prioritizing the well-being and welfare of people over economic metrics.
Secondly, the world is increasingly acknowledging the significance of supply chain resilience and reliability in the context of global interconnectedness. The pandemic underscored the vulnerabilities in existing supply chains, prompting a reassessment of their structure and functioning.
Thirdly, there is a collective global call for bolstering multilateralism by reforming global institutions. This reflects the realization that addressing contemporary challenges requires cooperation and coordination on a global scale.
Prime Minister Modi emphasized that India’s G20 presidency has played a pivotal role in driving these shifts. Notably, it has seen extensive participation from African countries and advocated for the inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity in global decision-making.
Regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Prime Minister highlighted that the G20 2023 Action Plan on Accelerating Progress on SDGs will guide the forum’s future direction in achieving these goals. This underscores the commitment to addressing global challenges comprehensively.
Furthermore, India’s G20 presidency is actively working towards bridging the gender digital divide, reducing labor force participation gaps, and promoting greater female representation in leadership and decision-making roles. These efforts align with India’s vision of inclusivity and diversity.
For India, the G20 presidency extends beyond diplomatic efforts; it serves as an opportunity to showcase its democratic values and diverse society to the world. The Prime Minister noted that India has hosted over 200 meetings in 60 cities across the nation, welcoming nearly 100,000 delegates from 125 countries during its term, making it a truly people-driven movement.
Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed India’s commitment to expanding the global table and ensuring that every voice is heard, with the ultimate goal of fostering unity and collaboration on a global scale. India’s G20 presidency represents a pivotal moment in shaping the future of the forum and addressing pressing global challenges.