Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India], Dec 5 (ANI): Discussions on India’s G20 priorities took place today on the second day of the first facilitator meeting of India’s G20 presidency in Udaipur. The themes of the first two sessions were “Technology Transformation” and “Green Development and Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle” (LIFE).
In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that in addition to the first two meetings, a dialogue on “Global and Regional Economy: Prospects and Challenges” and an informal “Chai pe Charcha” among G20 members were held. International Sherpas, their delegations and heads of invited international organizations have traveled to Udaipur for the first Sherpa meeting in Udaipur under the Indian G20 presidency.
India’s G20 coordinator, Amitabh Kant, initiated negotiations for the first coordinator meeting. The meeting was launched by outlining India’s G20 priorities among the 13 working groups. Amitabh Kant informed the government in a press release on Monday, stressing that India, as the “de facto voice of the global south”, has the responsibility to forge win-win cooperation between developed and developing countries.
Outlining the main economic challenges facing the world, Ajay Seth, director general of the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, stressed the need to “improve the collective response capacity of the G20 countries”.
This was followed by the first session on “technological transformation,” which included participation in working groups on the digital economy, health and education, according to a foreign ministry press release. In the first session, delegates discussed the challenges of accelerating digitization in different sectors in their countries.
Representatives from G20 countries, invited guests and international organizations highlighted key interventions using technology in multiple ways. Themes highlighted during the discussion included the importance of cybersecurity, inclusion in expanding access to technology services and infrastructure, and digital skills.
The theme of the second session, “Green Development and Environmentally Friendly Lifestyles (LiFE)”, focused on effective strategies to jointly tackle climate change and the need to promote green and energy transitions. India’s G20 coordinator, Amitabh Kant, emphasized the importance of inspiring collective action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Development (DWG), Energy Transition (ETWG), Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) and Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction (DRRWG) Working Groups participated in the second meeting of the India Coordinator Meeting. The countries praised India’s “LiFE” initiative and expressed support for bringing the agenda “to fruition”.
The second session was followed by a dialogue on “Global and regional economies: prospects and challenges”. IMF Representative in India Luis Breuer and Deputy Director of the IMF’s Strategy and Policy Department Kristina Kostial called attention to pressing global economic challenges. The conversation outlined the world’s main ideas for addressing “major problems and increasing resilience to economic vagaries.”
Also, in the evening, a discussion on afternoon tea “Chai pe Charcha” was held to strengthen human relations and promote ties between G20 countries. G20 Sherpas were given traditional Indian jackets, turbans and shawls to further enrich their cultural experience in Rajasthan. The second day of the Indian Sherpa Conference concluded with Ratri Bhoj par Samvaad (dinner conversation) in Jagmandir, Udaipur.
Notably, the first day of the conference saw a variety of activities, interactions and events, including informal media interactions, a side event on “Sustainable Development Goals: Changing lives at the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda”, Jal Sanjhi Art exhibitions, delegate networking events, a desert music symphony and various cultural performances. (Arnie)
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