In New York, the “India-UN for Global South: Delivering for Development” event was held on Saturday. During the event, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Denis Francis commended India’s leadership in the G-20 and hailed India’s recent G-20 chairmanship as historic, primarily due to the inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the grouping.
Speaking at the event, Francis stated that India is playing an exceptional role in making the world a better and more sustainable place. He emphasized India’s contributions to guiding and promoting democracy, women-led development, and other initiatives that focus on global progress and development.
Challenging G-20 Presidency
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, addressing the event, remarked that India’s recent G-20 chairmanship was challenging due to the prevailing East-West polarization and the complex North-South divide. He expressed India’s commitment to ensuring that its G-20 chairmanship returns to its original agenda.
He stated that India’s leadership in the G-20 is a reflection of its commitment to global progress and development. Jaishankar further highlighted that India’s engagement with the Global South is not just policy-driven but also driven by shared cultures and philosophies.
India’s Contribution Recognized
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, also spoke at the conference and highlighted India’s role in the global response to challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that India had provided vaccines to nearly 100 countries and supplied medicines to around 150 nations, earning the nickname of “the world’s pharmacy.”
Kamboj emphasized that India prioritizes its own citizens’ needs first and has trained over two hundred thousand people in more than 160 countries to help them combat the pandemic.
India’s engagement with the Global South and its recent G-20 chairmanship, which included the historic inclusion of the African Union, have drawn praise from UNGA President Denis Francis and other dignitaries, highlighting India’s commitment to global progress and development.