India’s G20 Presidency is an exciting moment in history, because India is going to decide the global health architecture for the next many decades to come, a WHO official said.
India assumed the presidency of the G20 on December 1, 2022 (Photo: File)
By India Today Web Desk: Terming India’s presidency at the G-20 as ‘an exciting moment in history’, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said it has bolstered the voice of the global south. Ayoade Alakija, Special Envoy, ACT-Accelerator, WHO, said India is going to decide the global health architecture for the next many decades to come.
“So, I think, that is the foundation of a place where I would like to see India shining as a beacon to other countries to learn from,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Alakija said she is keen to watch the global south collaborations which can be put together in the new world order and expressed hope that this process will surely help it.
“India’s G20 Presidency is an exciting moment in history, because India is going to decide the global health architecture for the next many decades to come. Because it is going to be decided in the next few months,” she said.
The official stated that the ongoing meeting would be a platform for how we can learn from each other in this global south- in Africa, India, Latin America and so on, she said.
“How can we share our experiences and innovate together and how can we co-create the world we want…the world that is going to be truly the world that delivers for us…the people,” Alakija further said.
The official also said it has been incredible to be in the “God’s own country”, Kerala, and see the amazing culture and the wonderful warm welcome they had in the south Indian state.
‘WOULD LIKE TO SEE INDIA SHINING AS BEACON’
Another official, Dr Alain Labrique, Director, Digital Health & Innovation, WHO, said he would like to see India shining as a beacon to other countries to learn from. He opined that India five years ago is different to India today.
The same can be said for countries across the globe and in the global south, he said.
“So, we have to think about where we are today but also build solutions for tomorrow and keep in mind that everyone should benefit from this technology revolution,” he added.
Stating that success is built upon trust, Labrique said trust means there is a background of policy, of legislation that protects privacy and security and builds the trust of individuals to use the systems.
“So, I think, that is the foundation of a place where I would like to see India shining as a beacon to other countries to learn from,” he said.
INDIA’S G-20 PRESIDENCY
India assumed the presidency of the G-20 on December 1, 2022. The 43 heads of delegations- the largest ever in G-20-will be participating in the final New Delhi Summit in September next year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, “India’s G-20 Presidency will work to promote this universal sense of one-ness. Hence our theme – ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.”
The first Health Working Group meeting under the G-20 India Presidency will conclude on Friday. G-20 is an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States and the European Union.
The G-20 Summit is held annually under the leadership of a rotating Presidency. An official statement from the government had said that India’s priorities during G-20 presidency would be climate change, inclusive growth, green development, technological transformation, women-led government and others.