PM to open Voice of Global South Summit today

Published on Jan 12, 2023 12:11 AM IST

The two-day summit, which has the theme “Unity of voice, unity of purpose”, will bring together developing countries on a common platform and feature focused discussions spread across 10 sessions on issues such as foreign policy, finance, energy, trade, health, education and environment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair two sessions for heads of state and government, one each at the start and conclusion of the summit (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair two sessions for heads of state and government, one each at the start and conclusion of the summit (ANI)
By, New Delhi

The virtual Voice of Global South Summit will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to provide a platform to developing countries to present their priorities and challenges related to developmental issues.

The two-day summit, which has the theme “Unity of voice, unity of purpose”, will bring together developing countries on a common platform and feature focused discussions spread across 10 sessions on issues such as foreign policy, finance, energy, trade, health, education and environment.

Modi will chair two sessions for heads of state and government, one each at the start and conclusion of the summit. The inaugural session will have the theme “Voice of Global South for human-centric development”, and the closing session’s theme is “Unity of voice, unity of purpose”.

Last week, the external affairs ministry had said that more than 120 countries were being invited to the summit, though there was no clarity on the confirmed participants. It was also unclear whether the Indian side will outline any special initiatives during the summit.

The Indian side is expected to share its experiences in a range of areas related to development, including digital public goods and health, people familiar with the planning for the event said. The summit will also be an opportunity for the Indian side to hear about challenges and issues being faced by developing countries, the people said.

The outcomes of the summit, which India plans to release in the form of a summary of priorities, perspectives, inputs and ideas from the participating leaders, will be channelled into the country’s G20 presidency.

“We would like to hear from countries that are not members of the G20, to share with us as to what they think in their scheme of things could be included in the discourse within the framework of the G20,” foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra told a media briefing.

Eight sessions for ministers will feature representatives of up to 20 countries to enable more focused discussions. The session for energy ministers, for instance, will feature countries that are either energy producers or have large energy needs, and countries will be chosen for each session on the basis of their strength or standing in that particular field, the people said.

China and Pakistan are unlikely to be part of the summit, given India’s strained relations with both countries. New Delhi’s ties with Islamabad are currently at an all-time low because of differences on issues such as terrorism, while India and China have been locked in a military standoff in Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control for almost three years.

The summit is also part of India’s effort to strengthen its credentials as a representative of the Global South.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India’s G20 priorities will be shaped in consultation with developing countries, and external affairs minister S Jaishankar has repeatedly emphasised the fallout of the Ukraine crisis on the Global South in terms of the increase in food and fuel prices.

Kwatra also said that the multilateral or plurilateral mechanisms that are supposed to address and mitigate the concerns and challenges of developing countries outside the G20 are often “found wanting” in terms of their abilities and capacities. The voice of the Global South, he added, needs to be heard and included in discussions at international forums.

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