DEC 12, 2022
In connection with the first Development Working Group Meeting in Mumbai from 13-16 December 2022, G20 Sherpa Shri Amitabh Kant addressed media persons today and outlined India’s DWG G20 priorities and approach. Since 2010, the Development Working Group has been acting as a custodian of the development agenda in the G20. After the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals in 2015, DWG has steered the alignment of the development agenda of the G20 with the SDGs. Given the nature of its work, the DWG has dealt with several different issues over the last decade depending on the priorities of the Presidency.
Shri Kant emphasized that the challenges the world faces today can only be solved by working together. Our priorities reflect not only the aspirations of G20 Members, but also of the Global South. India is pursuing an inclusive, ambitious, decisive and action-oriented approach. Shri Kant outlined India’s DWG priorities as (i) Green Development including climate action and financing, just energy transitions and LiFE (LifeStyle for Environment); (ii) Accelerating implementation of SDGs; and (iii) Digital Public Goods/Data for Development. He added that DWG conversations would also include debt distress, reformed multilateralism and women-led development, and that India will highlight the importance of inclusive growth and collective action to achieve it.
Shri Kant recalled that a new workstream on Disaster Risk Reduction has been established under India’s Presidency to encourage collective work, multi-disciplinary research and exchange of best practices on disaster risk reduction. In addition, a new Startup20 Engagement Group has also been initiated under India’s G20 Presidency, recognizing the role of Startups in driving innovation that responds to a rapidly changing global scenario.
The three-day meeting will focus on G20 collective actions for accelerating progress on the SDGs, support to developing countries in dealing with immediate concerns relating to food and energy security and debt distress, and a 2023 G20 New Delhi Update on SDGs. Cultural programs showcasing Maharashtra’s rich cultural heritage have been arranged for the G20 delegates with the help of the State Government. Further, an excursion to Kanheri Caves in Mumbai has also been planned for the visiting delegates.