2nd Voice of the Global South Summit
Leaders from the Global South countries gathered at the second virtual ‘Voice of the Global South Summit’ on 17 November, 2023 organized by India, under the theme: ‘Global South: Together for Everyone’s Growth, Everyone’s Trust’. In the virtual gathering Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on17 November inaugurated a global centre for excellence for the Global South countries called DAKSHIN.
In his opening remarks at the inaugural session, PM Shri Modi said, Voice of Global South is the most unique platform of the changing world of the 21st century. We are more than 100 different countries, but we have similar interests and similar priorities.
“I had proposed setting up a Global South Centre of Excellence for the Global South at the first Voice of Global South Summit. I am happy that the Dakshin Development and Knowledge Sharing Initiative Global South Centre for Excellence is being inaugurated today.”
The PM said, “In December last year, when Bharat assumed the presidency of the G-20, we considered it our responsibility to amplify the voices of the countries of the Global South in this forum. Our priority was to make the G-20 inclusive and human-centric on a global scale. Our effort was to ensure that the focus of G-20 is development of the people, by the people and for the people. As a result, we were successful in getting everyone’s consent on the issues of the Global South in the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration.”
At the summit, the Leaders resolved to come together amidst the unprecedented challenges facing the global south countries. In their remarks at the Summit, Leaders recalled the multiple crises faced by the Global South in recent years, including the COVID 19 pandemic, impact of climate change, and rising inflation as a fall out geopolitical tensions, creating additional challenges to their efforts to eradicate poverty, access to concessional financing, and achievement of the SDGs.
‘Terrorism in any form is unacceptable to G-20’
virtual G-20 Summit
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 22 November, 2023 addressed the virtual G-20 Summit hosted by India and highlighted the bloc’s achievements, including the entry of the African Union into G-20, under India’s Presidency. The Prime Minister added that it was under India’s presidency that all the G-20 countries came together in cooperation to give voice and a platform to Africa to put forward its issues.
Regarding the recent controversy surrounding deepfake videos of famous people, Prime Minister Shri Modi stated that world is worried about negative impacts of artificial intelligence. India thinks that we have to work together on the global regulations for AI. Understanding how dangerous deepfake is for society and individuals, we need to work forward. We want AI should reach the people; it must be safe for society.”
On the Israel-Hamas war the Prime Minister said it was important to ensure that the war doesn’t escalate into a regional conflict. He also welcomed the truce deal to release hostages and said that terrorism in any form or state is unacceptable to G-20.
During the closing session of G-20 Summit in New Delhi on 10 September 2023, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had announced that India would be hosting a virtual G-20 Leaders’ Summit prior to the conclusion of India’s G-20 Presidency. In pursuance of this announcement, a virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit, chaired by the Prime Minister, was held on 22 November 2023. Leaders of all G-20 Members including the Chair of the African Union, as well as nine Guest countries, and Heads of 11 International Organizations attended the virtual summit. India holds the G20 Presidency until 30 November 2023. The G-20 Troika during the Brazilian G20 Presidency in 2024 will comprise India, Brazil, and South Africa.