Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech at the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit held in Papua New Guinea. He emphasized the challenges faced by the Global South and discussed the efforts made by India through the G7 and G20 forums to address these concerns. PM Modi also addressed issues such as climate change, natural disasters, hunger, poverty, and various health-related challenges.
PM Modi emphasizes the philosophy of “One Earth, One Family, One Future”
PM Modi reiterated India’s commitment to global cooperation and the belief that the world is one family. He highlighted that the ongoing G-20 Presidency’s theme, ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future,’ is based on this ideology. He mentioned the Voice of Global South Summit, organized in January, where representatives from the Pacific Island countries shared their thoughts.
India’s ambitious targets and initiatives on climate change
PM Modi highlighted India’s ambitious targets on climate change and the steps taken by the country. He launched the mission LiFE (Lifestyle For Environment) in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General and invited the Pacific Island countries to join this movement. He also mentioned initiatives like the International Solar Alliance and CDRI (Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure) and encouraged the attendees to participate in these programs.
India’s emphasis on sustainable food security and the role of millets
PM Modi emphasized India’s focus on food security, nutrition, and environmental conservation. He declared the year 2023 as the International Year of Millets by the UN and highlighted the nutritional benefits and sustainable cultivation of millets. PM Modi expressed belief in millets’ potential to contribute to sustainable food security in the Pacific Island countries as well.
PM Modi assures support in various areas of development
PM Modi expressed India’s commitment to being a reliable development partner for the Pacific Island countries. He mentioned various projects and assistance provided by India, such as the Convention Center in Palau, waste management project in Nauru, seeds for cyclone-affected farmers in Fiji, and solar light project in Kiribati. PM Modi assured support in digital technology, space technology, health security, food security, climate change, and environmental conservation.
PM Modi’s support for multilateralism and inclusive Indo-Pacific region
PM Modi expressed support for multilateralism and emphasized the importance of the Global South’s voice in the UN Security Council. He discussed the QUAD meeting and its focus on the Indo-Pacific region. PM Modi announced the establishment of the Radio Access Network (RAN) in Palau and expressed India’s commitment to enhancing partnership with the Pacific Island countries in a plurilateral format.
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