Substantive conversations on key global issues of inclusive growth, multilateralism, and women-led development, as well as 3Fs (Food, Fuel, and Fertilizer), tourism, and culture, were the highlights of the third day of the first Sherpa Meeting of India’s G20 Presidency. It also marked the conclusion of all five substantive sessions of the Sherpa meeting in Udaipur.
Initiating the discussions, Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa provided an overview of India’s G20 priorities on the above subjects, across six different Working Groups on Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Employment, Anti-Corruption, Tourism and Culture along with ways to strengthen cooperative efforts therein.
He emphasised the need for transformational efforts in agriculture, trade, employment, and combating corruption and economic crimes. Kant expressed appreciation for the support extended by the delegations on the wide range of priorities set out by India.
This was followed by Session 4 which focused on the need for multilateral reforms and building institutions that are better able to capture the needs and ambitions and reflect the priorities of all regions and countries across the globe and address the challenges of the day.
Issues pertaining to addressing disruptions and promoting security of food, fuel, and fertiliser supplies were deliberated upon. Strengthening and enhancing the mandate and resources of Multilateral Development Banks, reforming the WTO, the importance of Green Hydrogen in achieving green energy transition including for hard-to-abate sectors, and reformed multilateralism for greater peace and harmony, were some of the major areas of discussion.
Session 5 discussions centered around Women-led Development, and the need to have women at the forefront of development. The interventions in the session drew attention to critical priorities such as reducing gender gaps, enhancing the capacity of women, promoting women in leadership roles and boosting female labour force participation.
Rounding up the deliberations during the past three days, India’s G20 Sherpa highlighted focal areas of discussion and stressed the need to reinforce collective action of the G20 nations. The overarching theme of India’s Presidency — Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — One Earth. One Family. One Future — resonated throughout the proceedings.
A tour of the renowned Crafts village, Shilpgram, was conducted for the G20 Sherpas and the delegations.