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UN can be an even bigger ‘force multiplier’ in advancing SDGs: India

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday emphasised that development is a Public Good and assured that India believes that the UN can be an even bigger ‘force multiplier’ in advancing Sustainable Development Goals by pooling global knowledge.

He was addressing the event – “India@75 Showcasing India-UN Partnership” in New York on the sidelines of UNGA.

“Our foundational belief is that India’s own development is inseparable from that of the rest of the world. Without doubt, our progress and growth has also benefitted from our interface with the United Nations and its agencies. India, as you all know, was a founding member of the UN and as we mark 75 years of freedom, we also celebrate 75 years of our partnership with the UN…The India UN Development Partnership Fund is particularly symbolic of this relationship, because it is the first-ever single country South-South initiative at the UN. It currently extends to 66 development projects in 51 countries,” Jaishankar pointed out.

In the 18th century, India accounted for about a quarter of the global GDP, he said, adding, “By the middle of 20th, colonialism ensured that we were one of the poorest nations of the world. That was our state when we became a founding member of the United Nations.”

“But in the 75th year of its independence, India stands before you, proudly, as the fifth biggest economy of the world and is still rising as the strongest, most enthusiastic and definitely the most argumentative democracy. Our development rests on an expansive Digital Public Infrastructure designed to promote that “No one is left behind”. In recent days, digital technology has successfully advanced our food-safety net to 800 million Indians, more than US$300 billion of benefits have been distributed digitally, 400 million people get food regularly and we have administered over 2 billion vaccinations and the secret of that is indeed Digital,” the Minister noted pointing out that India envisions itself as a developed country by 2047, a 100 years of independence. “We dream of digitizing our most remote villages and landing on the moon, perhaps even digitizing it.”

He also recalled India’s assistance program to several countries during the pandemic and following Ukraine conflict. “The Covid-19 Pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis. When needed, we responded first with vaccines for our friends in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and our own neighborhood…The conflict in Ukraine has aggravated food and energy inflation to make it one of the biggest challenges of our times. India has responded by supplying food grains, including as grant assistance in recent years to Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Yemen and several countries in Africa.”

Jaishankar on Friday held separate trilaterals involving his counterparts from Australia and Indonesia and Australia and France eyeing to stabilise the Indo-Pacific region and secure supply chains amid the churn in geo-politics.

“Concluded the India-Australia-France Foreign Ministers’ trilateral. Useful in promoting cooperation in Indo-Pacific issues as well as at the global level. Thank FMs @MinColonna and @SenatorWong for their commitment,” Jaishankar tweeted following trilateral.

This trilateral was put on backburner by France following the AUKUS and was revived after the change of guard in Canberra and outreach initiated by the Albanese government.

He was also part of the maiden India-Australia-Indonesia Ministerial trilateral which aims to be a bridge between the Indian Ocean Region and the Pacific.

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