India to host unique ‘Voice of Global South Summit’

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The initiative is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas, and is underpinned by India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam…reports Asian Lite News

In a new and unique initiative, India will host the ‘Voice of Global South Summit’ on January 12-13, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Friday.

This special virtual Summit under the theme ‘Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose’ envisages bringing together countries of the Global South to share their perspectives and priorities on a common platform, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said at a special media briefing.

More than 120 countries are being invited to participate in this Summit, he added.

The initiative is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas, and is underpinned by India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

India will work to ensure that the valuable inputs generated from partner countries in the Voice of Global South Summit deliberations receive due cognizance globally, Foreign Secretary Kwatra said.

India’s ongoing Presidency of the G20 provides a special and strong opportunity for those countries that are not part of the G20 process to share their ideas and expectations from the G20.

This is in line with Prime Minister’s statement that India’s G20 Presidency will be shaped in consultation with not just our G20 partners, but also our fellow-travellers in the Global South, whose voice often goes unheard.

Foreign Secretary Kwatra said, India has always been at the forefront and consistently championed the cause of the developing world. He pointed out that India has been strongly articulating the interests and concerns of partners in the Global South in all international fora.

The Summit envisages 10 sessions. Four sessions would be held on 12 January, and six sessions on 13 January. Each session is expected to witness the participation of leaders/ministers from 10-20 countries.

The inaugural and concluding sessions would be at Head of State / Government level, and hosted by Prime Minister Modi. The theme of the Inaugural Leaders’ session is “Voice of Global South – for Human-Centric Development” and that of the Concluding Leaders’ session is “Unity of Voice-Unity of Purpose”.

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