G20 and Indian Youth
The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation. It is essential in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. India holds the Presidency of the G20 from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.
The Presidency is supported by the Troika – previous, current and incoming Presidencies. During India’s Presidency, the troika will comprise Indonesia, India and Brazil, respectively.
The G-20 Summit has a key engagement group called the Y20 (Youth 20) which calls on youth to come up with global solutions to global issues. The themes of the Y20 India include Future of Work: Industry 4.0, Climate Change & making sustainability a way of life; Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Ushering in an era of No War and Shared Future: Youth in Democracy, Governance and Health, Wellbeing & Sports.
At the rate at which it is growing, India, currently a fast-developing nation, is expected to become a global superpower. Of course, there are others in the race too. Over the last two decades, the country had been growing economically at above 6% in a compounded manner. And that has been phenomenal growth indeed! We have only one country to beat in the growth rate, China. So, at present, the India Juggernaut is rolling forward, steadily.
Graced with knowledge, Science and Prosperity has been the journey of India. Bravery, Spirituality and Creativity are the pillars of development. India is the largest exporter of intellectual brainpower to the entire world. Achieving “self-sufficiency” in food grains has been Independent India's biggest achievement.
Today, India is the world’s most populous country, a land of a vibrant and diverse population, with more than 50% of the population being youth. The youth play a vital role in the development of a country. From standing out as the soldiers at the borders to working as the country’s financial backbone to taking agricultural activities under care to improving health care & social welfare. The Indian Youth today stands tall with pride as they climb stairs with the youth of other developed countries. The youth of India can be all that it wants to be, bringing in equality and empowerment, strength and inclusivity. Addressing and fighting global issues is the key strength of today’s youth, starting discussions on topics once considered taboo and insignificant such as that Mental health, Gender Equality, Identities, Climate Change, Corruption and Crime. The youth today is empathetic, understanding and active in fighting for justice. Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been encouraging the youth to be the leaders of tomorrow with his constant policies and initiatives focusing on the youth, such as New Education Policy, youth development programme, Beti Bachao, Beti
Padhao etc. The achievement that we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and glories that await us. I visualize an India which witnesses equal opportunities for all, free of exploitation, and on its way to becoming a superpower still connected to her roots. An educated India, that triumphs everywhere, a nation that everyone looks up to. India tomorrow will be the perfect role model for all other countries, despite its challenges.
The G20 Summit will be a mega facilitator in this journey of a thousand miles.
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