COVID-19 crisis 'biggest turning point' since WW2, 'coordinated efforts' required for faster recovery: PM Modi at G20 Summit
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called the coronavirus pandemic the "biggest turning point" in history of humanity since world war 2 and stressed that coordinated efforts will lead to fast recovery from the crisis.
Attending the 15th edition of the G20 Summit chaired by Saudi Arabia, PM Modi said that there is a need for decisive action that is not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade but should focus on preserving the Earth.
"PM called for a new global index for the post-corona world that comprises four key elements - creation of a vast talent pool; ensuring that technology reaches all segments of the society; transparency in systems of governance; and dealing with Mother Earth with a spirit of Trusteeship. Based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world," Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
It said the Prime Minister underscored that in the past few decades, while there has been an emphasis on capital and finance, the time has come to focus on multi-skilling and re-skilling to create a vast human talent pool.
"This would not only enhance the dignity of citizens but would make our citizens more resilient to face crises."
He also said that any assessment of new technology should be based on its impact on the ease of living and quality of life.
PM Modi also called for greater transparency in governance systems which will inspire citizens to deal with shared challenges and enhance their confidence.
He said that dealing with the environment and nature as trustees rather than owners will "inspire us towards a holistic and healthy lifestyle, a principle whose benchmark could be a per capita carbon footprint".
Noting that 'Work from Anywhere' is a new normal in the post-COVID world, the Prime Minister also suggested the creation of a G-20 Virtual Secretariat as a follow-up and documentation repository.
The Prime Minister later said in tweets that he had a very fruitful discussion with G20 leaders.
"Had a very fruitful discussion with G20 leaders. Coordinated efforts by the largest economies of the world will surely lead to faster recovery from this pandemic. Thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the Virtual Summit," he said.
"We offered India's IT prowess to further develop digital facilities for the efficient functioning of the G-20," he said.
The Summit saw the participation of heads of state or government of 19 member countries, the European Union, other invited countries and international organisations like the UN, IMF, FATF, OECD.
(With ANI inputs)
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