Overview

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while addressing the B20 Summit 2023, said that India has walked the talk when it comes to raising issues of the Global South. He highlighted India’s initiatives and actions to support the Global South during the Covid pandemic, disasters, and conflicts.

Key Highlights from Jaishankar’s Address

  • Jaishankar said the core mandate of the G20 is to promote growth and development, which cannot happen without addressing the concerns of the Global South.
  • He stated that India was conscious of the absence of the voice of the Global South in G20. Hence, PM Modi convened the Global South Summit to bring their issues to the G20 agenda.
  • Jaishankar pointed out that India provided food support to millions during the pandemic and exported vaccines to over 100 countries when it was needed the most.
  • He emphasized that India has grown its development partnerships to 78 nations through projects in capacity building, guided by the ‘Kampala Principle’.
  • The minister mentioned that India was the first responder for countries like Myanmar, Mozambique, and Turkey during disasters and conflicts.

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India’s Focus on Global South Issues

Jaishankar underlined India’s commitment to focus on developing countries for global security in food, energy, trade, etc. He said the challenges discussed at the ‘Voice of the Global South’ summit have been made central to the G20 agenda.

The EAM appreciated the B20 group for prioritizing inclusive growth, supply chains, services trade, digital tech, innovation, and sustainability. He remarked that the group has established itself as a credible partner in achieving these ends.


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Concluding Remarks

Jaishankar concluded by stating that the Emerging World 2.0 will have more growth engines and resources for sustainable development, climate action, and climate justice. He reiterated that India has walked the talk on raising Global South issues.


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