Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underscored the importance of the ‘equivalent voice’ of the Global South on the international platform and reiterated that their voice is the voice of India, and their priorities are India’s to.
Mr. Modi said, most of the global challenges have not created by the Global South but they affect it more It is evident in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, terrorism, and even the Ukraine conflict.
Virtual Voice of Global South Summit: Narendra Modi
He stated this while addressing the two-day virtual Voice of Global South Summit. He added that the Global South has the biggest stakes in the future as three-fourths of the humanities live in its countries.
We, the Global South, have the biggest stakes in the future. Three-fourths of humanity lives in our countries. We should also have an equivalent voice. Hence, as the eight-decade-old model of global governance slowly changes, we should try to shape the emerging order.
As India begins its G20 Presidency this year, it is natural that we aim to amplify the Voice of the Global South. For our G-20 Presidency, we have chosen the theme of – “One Earth, One Family, One Future”. It is in line with our civilizational ethos. We believe the path to realizing ‘oneness’ is through human-centric development. People of the Global South should no longer than excluded from the fruits of development. Together we must attempt to redesign global political and financial governance. It can remove inequities, enlarge opportunities, support growth, and spread progress and prosperity.
New page of upcoming year by Narendra Modi
“We have turned the page on another difficult year, that saw: War, conflict, terrorism, and geo-political tensions: Rising food, fertilizer, and fuel prices; Climate-Change driven natural disasters, and the Lasting economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The world is in a state of crisis. It is difficult to predict how long this state of instability will last,” Modi said.
The theme of the summit would be “Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose”. Foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra had said last week that the objective of the summit would be to share the perspectives and priorities of countries of the Global South (developing nations) on a common platform for deliberations, ideas and solution. He added that the summit was inspired by Mr Modi’s vision of Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas, sabka prayas (inclusivity, development, confidence and efforts of all) and India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (the world is one family).