India will host the Voice of Global South Summit on January 12-13. As many as 120 countries are expected to participate in the summit. Ten to 20 countries will be part of one session, and two lead sessions will be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vinay Kwatra, the Foreign Secretary of India said on Friday.
The Voice of Global South Summit will focus on issues such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine conflict, and increasing food, fertilisers, and fuel prices. The Global South largely refers to countries in Asia, Africa and South America. This summit, under the theme of ‘Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose,’ envisages bringing together these countries to share their perspectives and priorities on a common platform, the Ministry of External Affairs said. The initiative is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas, andis also underpinned by India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, Kwatra said.
The Voice of Global South Summit will include 10 sessions over the course of two days. The inaugural and concluding sessions would be at the Head of State or Government level, and hosted by the Prime Minister. The theme of the Inaugural Leaders’ session is Voice of Global South — for Human-Centric Development, and that of the Concluding Leaders’ session is Unity of Voice-Unity of Purpose.