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2nd Global South Summit echoes ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ theme: Foreign Secretary

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The second Voice of Global South Summit concluded, building on the success of the inaugural summit and emphasizing the theme of the Indian philosophy ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.’

During a press conference, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra emphasized the four significant initiatives undertaken at the summit: Collaboration with the Global South through the Arogya Maitri initiative, Global South Science and Tech, Global South Scholarship Program, and Global South Young Diplomat Forum.

Addressing the special briefing the Foreign Secretary said, “We just concluded the second Voice of Global South Summit. The first Voice of Global South Summit was held in January 2023, building on the momentum of the achievement of the first Global South Summit”.

“Under PM Modi’s leadership it was decided to hold the second Voice of Global South Summit today. We had a leaders session and eight ministerial sessions,” he added.
The Foreign Secretary described the theme of the summit which echoes essentially India’s philosophy of ‘Vasudev Kutumkum’.

The overarching themes of the Summit included: “Working for One Future with the spirit of Together, for Everyone’s Growth, with Everyone’s Trust”; Climate Action grounded in principles of equity, climate justice, Common but Differentiated Responsibilities, and Respective Capabilities; Pursuing a clean, sustainable, just, affordable, and inclusive energy transition; Ensuring food security for all; Implementing consultative, demand-driven, and people-centric development financing that respects national sovereignty and avoids debt traps; Establishing digital public infrastructure for public service delivery; Advocating for reformed multilateralism, featuring representative, inclusive, and consultative global governance structures; Prioritizing women-led development; Integrating the Global South into global value chains with mutual investment flows within the Global South; Strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation; and Ensuring the timely achievement of the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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