New Delhi: In his opening remarks at the Voice of Global South summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “world is in a state of crisis” and told the leaders of developing countries “your voice is India’s voice” and “your priorities are India’s priorities”.
PM Modi called for creating a new world order to ensure welfare of the citizens of the developing countries, as he emphasized that the next phase of global growth will come from countries in the South.
While addressing the first session of the two-day special virtual summit, the Voice of Global South summit, which began on Thursday, PM Modi said, “We, the Global South, have the largest stakes in the future. Most of the global challenges have not been created by the Global South. But they affect us more”.
India convened a virtual summit of more than 100 developing countries to evolve a uniform strategy for a redress of their economic woes from the developed world with “the world in a state of crisis.”
This “Voice of Global South Summit” under the theme “Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose” envisages bringing together countries of the Global South to share their perspectives and priorities on a common platform.
“It is difficult to predict how long this state of instability will last,” PM Modi told leaders of Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Mongolia and other nations.
Stressing that developing countries with three-fourths of humanity have the largest stakes in the future, he said “as the 8-decade-old model of global governance slowly changes, we should try to shape the emerging order.”
India is steering the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations’ summit in 2023. It is expected to use the opportunity to gain prominence in global decision-making by sharing the economic woes of developing countries in deliberations during its G-20 presidency.