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G20 presidency: 2023 is set to be a golden year for India to put its best foot forward

A major global event is coming to Indian shores at a very fragile time. In a few weeks from now, India is poised to assume the presidency of G20, the group of the largest economies in the world. Established in 1999, this grouping constitutes over 80% of the global GDP, two-thirds of the world's population, and almost 50% of the world's land mass.

Since the 2008 economic recession, G20 convenes annually and observes a rotational presidency. This powerful international forum has the mandate to shape global economic and developmental priorities through robust discussions and deliberations, and also to curate solutions for the most pressing challenges of our times.

The Time is Now

With the G20 presidency, India must seize the moment and spearhead constructive leadership focusing on climate action, energy security, stronger public health systems, technology for public good and the acceleration of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

The theme of India's upcoming presidency is 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - One Earth, One Family [One Future]'. This adage strongly reflects the belief that the entire world, with all its life forms, is truly 'just' a tightly knit interconnected family, transcending multiplicities.

The G20 logo (inspired by multiple entries from a competition run by MyGov India) unveiled on Tuesday depicts a lotus, India's national flower, cradling the globe, symbolic of growth and resilience in times of adversity. The globe is a testament to India's pro-planet approach. Together, the logo and the theme communicate the essence of India's leadership of the G20 - that of an unbiased unifier and peacemaker.

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