President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been invited to take part in the ‘Voice of Global South Summit’ which will be hosted by India virtually on January 12 and 13.
This will be held under the theme ‘Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose’ and envisages bringing together countries of the Global South to share their perspectives and priorities on a common platform.
More than 120 countries are being invited to participate in this Summit, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said.
The initiative is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’, and is underpinned by India’s philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
India will work to ensure that the valuable inputs generated from partner countries in the Voice of Global South Summit deliberations receive due cognizance globally.
Further, India’s ongoing Presidency of the G20 provides a special and strong opportunity for those countries that are not part of the G20 process to share their ideas and expectations from the G20. This is in line with the Prime Minister’s statement that India’s G20 Presidency will be shaped in consultation with not just our G20 partners, but also our fellow-travellers in the Global South, whose voice often goes unheard, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said.
The summit envisages 10 sessions. Four sessions would be held on January 12, and six sessions on January 13. Each session is expected to witness the participation of leaders or ministers from 10 to 20 countries.
The inaugural and concluding sessions would be at Head of State / Government level, and hosted by Prime Minister Modi. The theme of the Inaugural Leaders’ session is ‘Voice of Global South – for Human-Centric Development’ and that of the Concluding Leaders’ session is ‘Unity of Voice-Unity of Purpose’.
In addition, there would be eight Ministerial sessions.