India’s G20 presidency: Green development, quick inclusive and sustainable growth top priorities

The opportunity for India to lead G20 came at a time when the world was confronting the challenges of Covid, climate change and conflict, said the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha at the G20 event in Kashmir. The determination to deal with these three major challenges and to lead the world to a better future is reflected in the honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s statement in Bali last November where he made it amply clear that India’s G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive and action oriented. During India’s G20 presidency, green development and accelerated inclusive and sustainable growth are top priorities and the world is looking at us with the hope to make the old transition from disruption to regeneration, from exclusive to inclusive, from discord to concord and to contribute to peace, friendship and cooperation both in global south and global north. The honourable Prime Minister has also united the world leaders to his idea of peace and made it clear that today the era is not of war. And I strongly believe in direction, cooperation and conflict resolution. These three fundamental factors will guide the world tomorrow. As an economic powerhouse and major contributor to world peace, it is indeed India’s moment and the opportunities to forge global unities based on trust for achieving our priority goals. The world has witnessed India’s aspirations for equitable development under the leadership of honourable PM in the past nine years. India has not only realised economic strength but also gave a new social model to the world for equitable development. In a much discussed report it is mentioned that for Earth’s climate future, India is the most important country in the world. Today I want to speak on this platform whether it is litigation to deal with the challenges of climate change or talk of cooperative and equitable policies in the policies of sustainable development, India will play the most creative and important role, LG said. In the coming future, for sustainable development in the sectors of food security and energy security, India will guide the world. And towards natural resources our age-old social consciousness will work for global public awareness. India’s population is 17.8 percent of the world’s total population. With this large population, for energy requirements India has made a commitment that by 2030, half of the total requirement will be met by non-conventional energy sources. Under the guidance of the PM it is the country’s voice of self confidence that through the Antyodaya development model, progress of common man and poverty alleviation efforts will prove to be most effective in fighting the challenges of climate change. A big example is the PM Ujjwala Yojana. Between 2016-2022 in around 9-and-a-half crore homes, gas connections were provided. Not only was a new example of women empowerment presented to the world but also in personal health and environmental protection, India presented a new model of development for the nations of the global south. It is not a small number. Germany and Belgium together comprise 9-and-a-half crore population. The biggest impact was the awareness about the environment. Reaching from the top to the bottom of society and protection of nature instead of slogans became part of our habit. I believe the G20 Presidency is such an opportunity when social empowerment from economic power and existentially sensitive and comfortable lifestyle experiences India will share with other countries and in the establishment of world order based on justice and equality, India will contribute the most, LG concluded.

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