India all set to host Voice of Global South Summit

The summit will be held on January 12-13 with representatives from over 120 nations

NEW DELHI | Updated: 06 January, 2023 10:06 pm IST
Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra

India is all set to host the Voice of Global South Summit on January 12 and 13, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a special briefing. Representatives of over 120 nations are expected to take part in the Summit.

The Summit that will be virtual is new, special and unique, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said. Throwing light on how it will be a common platform essentially bringing all countries together on a range of issues, “I am very happy to announce a new and unique initiative that India will be hosting a special virtual summit on January 12-13, 2023, the next week.”

“This Summit will be called the ‘Voice of Global South Summit’ under the theme unity of voice, unity of purpose – essentially bringing together the countries of the global south and sharing their perspectives and priorities on a common platform across a whole range of issues,” Kwatra said.

“More than 120 countries are being invited for this Voice of Global South Summit. This initiative is inspired by PM Narendra Modi’s vision of sabka sath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas and sabka prayas. It is also underpinned by India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” the foreign secretary said.

Sharing the details of the sessions, Kwatra said, “The Summit envisages a total of 10 sessions over two days. Two sessions are planned to be held at the level of the head of state and the head of government, and eight sessions will be at the ministerial level.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be part of the event. He will also host a session, Kwatra said. “The two leaders’ sessions would be hosted by PM Modi, and the remaining sessions would be led by various ministers,” he said.

Discussions in sessions will revolve around topics related to Food and Energy Security, Climate, Pandemic, Inflation, Ukraine War and its global impact.

Meanwhile, Kwatra said that the Summit is in line with PM Modi’s vision of how India’s G20 presidency will be shaped.

“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,” Kwatra said.

“This is in line with the 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,” he added.

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