India reaffirms G20 focus on global South at G77 summit | India News

NEW DELHI: After successfully hosting the G20 summit, the government sought to strengthen India’s engagement with the global south by attending the G7 Plus China summit in Cuba over the weekend and urged the group to join the United Nations to speak with one voice on economic and development challenges.
While Foreign Minister S Jaishankar could not travel to Havana because of the special regulations Parliamentary session From Monday, India was represented by MEA Secretary (West) Sanjay Verma, who took the opportunity to highlight India’s presence G20 initiative to the mainstream Problems of the Global South.
With up to 134 members, including India, the G77 is the largest intergovernmental group of developing countries focused on inequality, sustainable development and poverty reduction. It says G77 Plus China Although China works closely with the group, it does not officially consider itself a full member. Beijing was represented by senior Communist Party official Li Xi at the summit, which was attended by about 30 leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
“The G77 should focus on its core mandate and not be distracted by bilateral political conflicts,” said Verma, who also suggested that the group change its name to reflect its numerical strength and empirical weight at the United Nations. When it was founded in 1964, the G77 had 77 members. According to reports from Cuba, the summit heard calls for a “change of the rules of the game” to usher in a new global order.
In his remarks at the event, which focused on addressing development challenges through the effective use of science, technology and innovation, Verma said the G20 summit in India showed that reform of multilateralism is possible if the political Will is present.
“Furthermore, we are very proud of our presidency as Africa – represented by the African Union – now sits, for the first time ever, deservingly at the helm of a global body such as the G20.” “By fulfilling his promise to Africa, Prime Minister Modi has confirmed that the representation of developing countries, including the G77, is now at its highest in the G20,” Verma said.
At the summit, India also proposed that the G77 come together to speak with one voice at the United Nations on economic and development challenges without being distracted by bilateral issues and also strengthen the unity and solidarity of the group.
“Consensus has been our guiding principle and must be respected.” “Our working methods and procedures must be credible, open, consultative and transparent and codified to avoid ambiguity,” Verma said, recalling that India held consultations earlier this year on the “ Voice of the Global South Summit” with 125 countries, which was finally expressed in the declaration of the G20 heads of state and government in New Delhi.