India achieved extraordinary during its G20 presidency: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that India achieved the extraordinary during its G20 presidency as it revitalized multilateralism, amplified the voice of the Global South, championed development, and fought for the empowerment of women everywhere. With Brazil set to take over the presidency from December 1, PM Modi highlighted the elite group’s journey under India and expressed confidence that his country hands over the charge with the conviction that our collective steps for people, planet, peace, and prosperity, will resonate for years to come.

In an opinion piece which appeared in several newspapers, PM Modi said India’s approach was defined by being “inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive” and the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration (NDLD), unanimously adopted by all G20 members, is testimony to our commitment to deliver on these principles.

Noting that it has been 365 days since India took the Chair, he said the global landscape grappled with multifaceted challenges: recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, looming climate threats, financial instability, and debt distress in developing nations, amid declining multilateralism at that point of time.

“It is a moment to reflect, recommit, and rejuvenate the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’,” he said on the event of India passing the baton to Brazil. Recalling the time last year when India took over, he said amidst conflicts and competition, development cooperation suffered, impeding progress, he said.

“Assuming the G20 chair, India sought to offer the world an alternative to the status quo, a shift from a GDP-centric to human-centric progress. India aimed to remind the world of what unites us, rather than what divides us,” he said. Finally, he added, the global conversation had to evolve and the interests of the few had to give way to the aspirations of the many. This required a fundamental reform of multilateralism, he said. The first-of-its-kind ‘Voice of the Global South Summit’, convened by India in two editions, heralded a new dawn for multilateralism, Modi said.

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