Indian PM Modi marks one year of G20 presidency

As India completes one year of the G20 presidency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that "India has achieved the extraordinary."

"I am delighted that during our presidency, India achieved the extraordinary: It revitalised multilateralism, amplified the voice of the Global South, championed development, and fought for the empowerment of women everywhere," the Prime Minister said in an opinion piece that was published in media outlets.

He said that India's approach to the G20 Presidency was defined by four words- Inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented and decisive and that the New Delhi Leaders' Declaration (NDLD), unanimously adopted by all G20 members is "testimony to our commitment to deliver on these principles."

The Prime Minister pointed out that inclusivity has been at the heart of India's presidency. "The inclusion of the African Union (AU) as a permanent member of the G20 integrated 55 African nations into the forum, expanding it to encompass 80 per cent of the global population. This proactive stance has fostered a more comprehensive dialogue on global challenges and opportunities," he wrote.

He wrote that as today marked 365 days since India assumed the G20 presidency. It was a moment to reflect, recommit, and rejuvenate the spirit of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (OneEarth, One Family, One Future).

"As we undertook this responsibility last year, the global landscape grappled with multifaceted challenges-- recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, looming climate threats, financial instability, and debt distress in developing nations, all amid declining multilateralism. In the midst of conflicts and competition, development cooperation suffered, impeding progress," PM Modi wrote.

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. Finally, the global conversation had to evolve -- the interests of the few had to give way to the aspirations of the many. This required a fundamental reform of multilateralism as we knew it," the PM wrote.

The first-of-its-kind 'Voice of the Global South Summit', convened by India in two editions, heralded a new dawn for multilateralism. India mainstreamed the Global South's concerns in the international discourse and has ushered in an era where developing countries take their rightful place in shaping the global narrative.

Inclusivity also infused India's domestic approach to G20, making it a People's Presidency that befits the world's largest democracy. Through "Jan Bhagidari" (people's participation) events, the G20 reached 1.4 billion citizens, involving all states and Union Territories (UTs) as partners.

And on substantive elements, India ensured that international attention was directed to broader developmental aims, aligning with the G20's mandate.

At the critical midpoint of the 2030 agenda, India delivered the G20 2023 Action Plan to Accelerate Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking a cross-cutting, action-oriented approach to interconnected issues, including health, education, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

A key area driving this progress is the robust Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI). Here, India was decisive in its recommendations, having witnessed the revolutionary impact of digital innovations like Aadhaar, UPI, and Digilocker first-hand. Through the G20, we successfully completed the Digital Public Infrastructure Repository, a significant stride in global technological collaboration.

This repository, featuring over 50 DPIs from 16 countries, will help the Global South build, adopt, and scale DPI to unlock the power of inclusive growth.

The PM said that for "our One Earth, we introduced ambitious and inclusive aims to create urgent, lasting, and equitable change. "

The Declaration's Green Development Pact addresses the challenges of choosing between combating hunger and protecting the planet, by outlining a comprehensive roadmap where employment and ecosystems are complimentary, consumption is climate-conscious, and production is planet-friendly.

"In tandem, the G20 Declaration calls for an ambitious tripling of global renewable energy capacity by 2030. Coupled with the establishment of the Global Biofuels Alliance and a concerted push for Green Hydrogen, the G20's ambitions to build a cleaner, greener world are undeniable. This has always been India's ethos, and through Lifestyles for Sustainable Development (LiFE), the world can benefit from our age-old sustainable traditions," the Prime Minister wrote.

PM Modi said further the Declaration underscored India's commitment to climate justice and equity, urging substantial financial and technological support from the Global North.

He said, for the first time, there was a recognition of the quantum jump needed in the magnitude of development financing, moving from billions to trillions of dollars. The G20 acknowledged that developing countries require USD 5.9 trillion to fulfil their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2030.

Given the monumental resources required, the G20 emphasised the importance of better, larger, and more effective Multilateral Development Banks. Concurrently, India is taking a leading role in UN reforms, especially in the restructuring of principal organs like the UN Security Council, that will ensure a more equitable global order.

The Prime Minister said that gender equality took centre stage in the Declaration, culminating in the formation of a dedicated Working Group on the Empowerment of Women next year.

He said that India's Women's Reservation Bill 2023, reserving one-third of India's Parliament and state legislative assembly seats for women, epitomises our commitment to women-led development.

The New Delhi Declaration embodies a renewed spirit of collaboration across these key priorities, focusing on policy coherence, reliable trade, and ambitious climate action. It is a matter of pride that during our presidency, G20 achieved 87 outcomes and 118 adopted documents, a marked rise from the past.

The PM said that during India's G20 presidency, India led deliberations on geopolitical issues and their impact on economic growth and development. Terrorism and the senseless killing of civilians are unacceptable, and we must address them with a policy of zero tolerance. We must embody humanitarianism over hostility and reiterate that this is not an era of war.

"As we hand over the G20 presidency to Brazil, we do so with the conviction that our collective steps for people, planet, peace, and prosperity, will resonate for years to come," PM Modi wrote.


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