On Day 2 of the first Development Working Group meeting in Mumbai, discussions on India’s top goals for its agenda got under way. Since the G20’s founding in 2010, the DWG has been responsible for maintaining the development agenda. It was one of the first WGs to be conceptualised following the financial crisis of 2008. Session 1 was divided into two parts, entitled as “Accelerating Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The forum will also examine ways to mainstream India’s dedication to the Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) movement on a global scale. Highlights include increasing SDG progress and utilising data’s revolutionary capacity for development. India’s duty as the voice of the Global South was emphasised in a video message by the Indian Foreign Secretary. According to Mr. Kwatra, “We, on our side, intend to advance and strengthen consensus on critical global issues.”
The ideas from India as well as the recent disruptions in the agricultural, energy, and financial systems were discussed. Delegates enjoyed an exhibition of regional handicrafts from Maharashtra, including start-up firms, and a pottery making station, while there was a pause in the proceedings.
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In Session 1 on “Accelerating Progress on SDGs,” the emphasis switched to the structural frameworks necessary for countries to fulfil their obligations under the 2030 Agenda. India emphasised the necessity of giving developing nations a stronger role in multilateral institutions and processes. Effective consultation and its facilitation across nations, groups, and tracks received a lot of attention.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos discussed about the promise of a digital transformation and green transitions, alongside effects of gender discrimination on the global economy. Delegates at the meeting estimated that eliminating gender discrimination would boost the global GDP by $6 trillion.
The two sessions were concluded by Mr. Nagaraj Naidu and Ms. Eenam Gambhir, the co-chairs of the Indian DWG, who summarised the national interventions and thanked the attendees for their support and contributions towards this ambitious goal. Moreover, the delegates got a taste of Mumbai’s well-known Bollywood film industry at a dinner and cultural programme held at the Taj Land’s End lawn.