G20 Summit: India achieves consensus on New Delhi Declaration

New Delhi: In a major breakthrough indicative of India’s success in G20 Summit, a consensus has been reached and New Delhi G20 Leaders’ Summit Declaration has been adopted. The major announcement was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself as the leaders assembled for the second session on the first day of the G20 Summit.

“I have received good news. Due to the hard work of our team, consensus has been built on New Delhi G20 Leaders’ Summit Declaration. My proposal is to adopt this leadership declaration. I announce to adopt this declaration,” Indian PM Modi said while congratulating his Sherpa and ministers who made it possible with their hard work.

“India’s G20 Presidency has been the most ambitious in the history of G-20. With 112 outcomes and presidency documents, we have more than doubled the substantive work from previous presidencies,” he added.

The Delhi declaration lays emphasis on the following key issues: Sustainable and inclusive growth, accelerating progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), green development pact for a sustainable future, multilateral institutions for the 21st Century and reinvigorating multilateralism.

The Declaration called on all states to uphold the principles of international law including territorial integrity and sovereignty and said the peaceful resolution of conflicts as well as diplomacy and dialogue are critical.

“Concerning the war in Ukraine, while recalling the discussion in Bali, we reiterated our national positions and resolutions adopted at the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly and underscored that all states must act in a manner consistent with the Purposes and Principles of the UN Charter in its entirety,” it said.

World Bank President Ajay Banga commended PM Modi for the 100 per cent consensus and said, “I think that they have done an excellent job, they brought a successful declaration. I think the PM has done a great job on it. I think the G20 has come together on a number of topics.”

‘Everything balanced’: Russia, US praise G20 declaration

Russia and the US both praised a G20 Summit declaration that stopped short of directly criticising Moscow for the war in Ukraine as the bloc’s leaders headed into the final day of deliberations on Sunday.

The world’s biggest economies adopted a consensus declaration in New Delhi on Saturday that avoided condemning Russia for the war but highlighted the human suffering the conflict had caused and called on all states not to use force to grab territory.

“Everything was reflected in a balanced form,” Svetlana Lukash, the Russian G20 sherpa, or government negotiator, was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Interfax. “All members of the G20 have agreed to act as one in the interests of peace, security and conflict resolution around the world.”

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters the declaration “does a very good job of standing up for the principle that states cannot use force to seek a territorial acquisition or to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty or political independence of other states”.

Germany and Britain have also praised the resolution but Ukraine has said “it was nothing to be proud of”.

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