Emphaizing the need for prioritizing women-led leadership and maintaining peace and security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took the baton of G20 presidency from Indonesian President Joko Widodo today at the G-20 Summit in Bali.
The PM congratulated Widodo for leading the Group at a time when the world was going through a pandemic and economic slump. “He has given efficient leadership to the G-20 even in these difficult times,” the PM said in his closing session.
He said India will try to build on the work done by Indonesia. “India will strive to take forward Indonesia’s commendable initiatives during its G-20 Presidency. It is a very auspicious coincidence for India that we are assuming the responsibility of G-20 Presidency in this holy island of Bali. India and Bali have an age old relationship,” he said.
The Prime Minister highlighted that India is taking charge of the G-20 at a time when the world is simultaneously grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices, and the long-term ill-effects of the pandemic. “At such a time, the world is looking at the G-20 with hope. Today, I want to assure that India’s G-20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented,” PM said.
Outlining India’s roadmap for its presidency he said, “We will strive to ensure that the G-20 acts as a global prime mover to envision new ideas and accelerate collective action.”
The PM also commented on the measures that the world needs to take to preserve environment. “The sense of ownership over natural resources is giving rise to conflict today, and has become the main cause of the plight of the environment. For the safe future of the planet, the sense of trusteeship is the solution. LiFE i.e. ‘Lifestyle for Environment’ campaign can make a big contribution to this. Its purpose is to make sustainable lifestyles a mass movement,” he said.
He said it was necessary to keep the focus on women-led development as the need today is that the benefits of development are universal and all-inclusive. “We have to extend the benefits of development to all human beings with compassion and solidarity. Global development is not possible without women’s participation.We have to maintain priority on women led development even in our G-20 agenda,” he said.
The theme of India’s G20 Presidency is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth One Family One Future”. In that context, PM Modi will be positioning India as a driving force of unity, underscoring a tricky road ahead as the nation seeks to balance between competing global powers.
“Without peace and security, our future generations will not be able to take advantage of economic growth or technological innovation. The G-20 has to convey a strong message in favour of peace and harmony. All these priorities are fully embodied in the theme of India’s G-20 Chairmanship – “One Earth, One Family, One Future”,” the PM said.
The members of the G20 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union.