Mysuru: At the second day of Think20 Summit in Mysuru, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar emphasized that India must ensure a focus on the right issues and come up with an actionable consensus. However, he felt, it was crucial for G20 to remain unified and cohesive.
Addressing the delegates through virtual mode, Union Minister Jaishankar laid down key factors especially important with respect to the ongoing Indian G20 Presidency.
According to him, multiple challenges confront the G20 today. There is a North-South divide and an East-West disconnect, Covid’s impact across sectors, the Ukraine conflict, a debt crisis, and trade disruptions. These factors have impeded efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals and to undertake climate action.
But, he further said, India conducted an exercise called the “Voice of the Global South Summit” in January 2023, entering into a dialogue with 125 countries in order to distil their development concerns. These have shaped India’s priorities as G20 President.
Jaishankar felt that as the Indian Presidency draws to a close there have been “some achievements, some work in progress, and some hope in progress”. “It is important for G20 member states to realize that what unites us is greater than what separates us,” he said.
The T20 is an official Engagement Group of the G20, and serves as an “ideas bank” for the G20. About 200 participants from 35 countries and nearly 110 institutions are being hosted at the T20 Summit.