India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, has stated that the country’s assumption of the G20 presidency is significant due to its economic achievements, recognition as an essential part of the global workforce and talent pool, and its demonstrated capability in helping other countries. He emphasized that India’s presidency of the G20 has exceptional expectations and responsibilities.
Jaishankar highlighted India’s achievements in changing the world’s thinking about solar energy through the International Solar Alliance, promoting sustainable food habits through the International Year of Millets, and creating a collective way of responding to disasters through a coalition of disaster response. He expressed confidence that 2023 will be remembered as a significant year for India, as it put the country on a different map of the world.
In relation to India’s bid for the permanent seat at the UNSC, Jaishankar said that the world’s largest country in terms of population and fifth-largest economy cannot be kept out of it. He argued that the United Nations architecture, formed in the 1940s with 50 member countries, has evolved significantly since then, with over 200 countries now.
Jaishankar also discussed India’s bid for the permanent seat at the UNSC, stating that the country’s history and its ability to contribute to global progress are key factors in its decision. He emphasized that India’s role in the G20 presidency is not just about technological advancements but also about being responsible, innovative, and driving global progress.