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November 16, 2023 1:53 PM IST

India to host Voice of Global South Summit on Nov. 17

India will host the second Voice of Global South Summit (VOGSS) virtually on November 17 to discuss challenges posed by global developments and to sustain momentum for a more inclusive world order ahead of a virtual G20 Summit.

India has projected itself as the representative of the Global South and worked during its G20 presidency to ensure that the concerns of developing countries were recognised and their priorities factored into efforts to find solutions to the most pressing global challenges.

The second Voice of Global South Summit will focus on “sharing with countries of the Global South the key outcomes achieved in various G20 meetings” during India’s presidency of the grouping of the world’s 20 largest economies, the External Affairs Ministry (EAM) stated.

The summit will have 10 sessions. The inaugural and concluding sessions will feature heads of state or government and will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The theme of the inaugural leaders’ session is “Together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust”, while that of the concluding leaders’ session is “Global South: Together for one future”.

At the summit, there will also be eight ministerial sessions. The themes for two sessions featuring foreign ministers’ are “India and the Global South: Emerging together for a better future” and “Global South and one development”. The theme for the finance ministers’ session is “Financing people-centric development”, while the education ministers’ session will focus on “Making human resources future ready”.

The theme for the environment ministers’ session is “Sustainable solutions for climate resilience and climate finance”, and that of the energy ministers’ session is “Affordable and inclusive energy transition for sustainable development”. The health ministers’ session will focus on “Solutions from the Global South for one health”, while the theme for the commerce and trade ministers’ session is “Global South and resilient supply chains”.

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