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G20 Foreign Ministers' Meet: Multilateralism is in crisis today, says PM Modi

Niti Post - March 2, 2023

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed India's stance on giving voice to the concerns of the developing world under its G20 Presidency tenure while asserting the world's need to overcome its differences and focus on the needs of global development. He was addressing the opening segment of the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in New Delhi today.

Without making direct reference to the war in Ukraine, PM Modi highlighted in his address that today’s meeting is taking place at a time of deep global divisions, and in the Foreign Ministers meeting held today, it is only natural that the discussions are affected by the geo-political tensions of the day.

It is pertinent to note that ever since the crisis in Ukraine, the world has witnessed tumultuous divisions within the diplomatic charter. India, while on the other hand, through its balanced approach, emphasised the importance of unity of purpose as well as unity of action in achieving common and concrete goals, which the country has also adopted as its theme for the G20 Presidency.

In his address to the high-level delegation today, PM Modi called on the global leaders to capitalise on issues that can be solved through joint cooperation, rather than focusing on issues that divide us.

"As you meet in the land of Gandhi and the Buddha, I pray that you will draw inspiration from India's civilizational ethos - to focus not on what divides us, but on what unites us all," PM Modi said.

Further in his address, PM Modi acknowledged that global governance has failed to serve its two prime purposes: preventing future wars and fostering international cooperation on issues of common interest. He said, and that is where the consequences of this failure are being felt mostly by all the developing countries, whose voices often go unheard.

"We must also admit that the tragic consequences of this failure are being faced most of all by the developing countries. After years of progress, we are at risk today of moving back on the Sustainable Development Goals. Many developing countries are struggling with unsustainable debt while trying to ensure food and energy security for their people. They are also the ones most affected by global warming caused by richer countries. This is why India's G20 Presidency has tried to give a voice to the Global South. No group can claim global leadership without listening to those most affected by its decisions," PM Modi added.

Further, observing that stable economies were suddenly overwhelmed by debt and financial crisis, the Prime Minister stressed the need to show resilience in our societies, economies, healthcare systems, and infrastructure. "The G20 has a critical role to play in finding the right balance between growth and efficiency on the one hand and resilience on the other," PM Modi added.

Asserting the G20's role to ease the current challenges, PM Modi further expressed hope that today's meeting will work on building a solution that would strive for achieving common and concrete objectives in accordance with global peace and development.



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