Modi’s statement on global governance
Indian leader, Narendra Modi criticized the multilateral institutions for failing to address the most pressing challenges present in the world in the status quo at the G20 meeting that started on March 1, 2023, he appealed to get common ground on several divisive issues.
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At the opening speech of the G20 on Wednesday in New Delhi, Modi asked everyone present to acknowledge that multilateralism is going extinct and is in crisis.
PM Modi also said that the Fiscal challenges, wide-scale epidemic, global warming and terrorism that we have experienced in the past few months have made us realised that global governance has failed.
After years of consistent hard work and progress, the countries are again at risk of falling back on sustainable developmental goals. Many countries are trying to settle unsustainable debts, by trying to provide food and security. He further said that the developing countries are affected by the global warming caused by the richer, developed countries and hence India has taken the G20 presidency to give voice to the global south.
In his speech, he stated that the world is looking up to this G20 meeting in order to ease issues related to climate change, financial stability, disaster resilience, crime, corruption, transnational crime, and food and energy security.
He also said that “we shouldn’t let problems get in the way that we together cannot solve in front of problems that we can solve.” He continued by saying that we are attending this meeting not only for us but we also have a responsibility towards people who are not present in this room.
Prime Minister Modi also asserted that we should talk about the issues that unite us rather than the issues that divide us. The G20 meeting is being attended by 40 delegates including the Russian Foreign Minister, Chinese diplomat and US secretary.
This G20 meeting held on Thursday was the second conclave, the first was held in February and failed as the countries were not able to come to a common consensus on the Russia-Ukraine. At the meeting held previously, PM Modi called out all the leading countries for helping vulnerable ad economically weak countries by bringing back confidence and maintaining financial stability New Delhi worries that the meeting this time might get overshadowed by the war itself again.
India holds the G20 presidency but New Delhi’s special relations with Moscow and hence being the host of G20 have put them in quite an awkward position, at the same time, Russia is an arms dealer and energy supplier to India which has made it not directly condemn its invasion in Ukraine. Diplomats from Europe and the United States have made their stance clear that they hold Russia responsible for all the conflicts that have been caused in the past few months whereas according to Germany, it will use this platform to counter any Russian propaganda.
The French diplomat said that Russia should be held responsible for every negative consequence that happened in every country in the world. She continued to say that we should provide solutions and help the vulnerable groups rather than leave them at the hands of Russia’s war. Besides the G20 member countries, the Foreign Minister of 9 other guest countries is also attending the meeting.
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