The phrase “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” translating to “the world is one family,” encapsulates a profound philosophy that transcends borders, languages, and ideologies. During India’s G20 Presidency, this philosophy has been translated into a call for human-centric progress, emphasizing unity and collective action.
In the wake of the post-pandemic world, three significant shifts have emerged. First, there is a growing recognition of the need to shift from a GDP-centric worldview to one centered on human well-being. Second, the importance of resilience and reliability in global supply chains is now widely acknowledged. Third, there is a collective demand for strengthening multilateralism through global institution reform.
India, in its role as the catalyst during its G20 Presidency, has been instrumental in driving these transformations. The Voice of Global South Summit, with participation from 125 countries, was a crucial initiative, channeling inputs and ideas from the Global South. Furthermore, India’s Presidency has witnessed increased participation from African nations and a push for the African Union’s inclusion as a permanent G20 member.
In an interconnected world, challenges span various domains, highlighting the interdependence of nations. As the midway year of the 2030 Agenda approaches, concerns arise about the progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). India’s G20 2023 Action Plan, aimed at accelerating progress on SDGs, will set the course for the G20’s commitment to SDG implementation.
India’s commitment to climate action has been unwavering, aligning with its traditional values of living in harmony with nature. Recognizing the varying stages of development in Global South countries, India emphasizes that climate action should complement development efforts. Ambitions for climate action must be coupled with climate finance and technology transfer.
India’s initiatives like the Chennai HLPs for a Sustainable and Resilient Blue Economy and the Global Biofuels Alliance underscore its commitment to environmental sustainability and clean energy. The country’s push for democratizing climate action is highlighted through efforts like Lifestyles for Sustainable Environment (LiFE).
Ensuring food and nutritional security is essential, with a focus on climate-smart agriculture through millets, or Shree Anna. The International Year of Millets and the Deccan High-Level Principles on Food Security and Nutrition play pivotal roles in this endeavor.
India recognizes the transformative potential of technology, with a focus on inclusivity. Digital public infrastructure (DPI) has empowered the unbanked and those without digital identities. India’s DPI solutions are now globally recognized, and through the G20, India will assist developing nations in implementing DPI for inclusive growth.
Bridging the gender digital divide, reducing labor force participation gaps, and promoting women’s leadership and decision-making are key areas of focus during India’s G20 Presidency.
The G20 Presidency is more than just a diplomatic endeavor; it’s a people-driven movement. Over 200 meetings in 60 Indian cities have hosted nearly 100,000 delegates from 125 countries. This extensive reach highlights India’s commitment to making the global table larger and ensuring every voice is heard.