At an event called India-UN for the Global South: Delivering for Development, sponsored by his country, Jaishankar stated that those who are economically dominant today resist due to their possibilities and those who have institutional or historic influence use those capabilities as weapons.
He noted that there is no political will for change in the international organizations’ current structure, which adjusts to the composition of today’s world and incorporates the needs of all countries, including those in the Global South.
The Indian foreign minister noted that the Global South is exerting more pressure on the international system and that the Global North and other nations are very resistant to change, he pointed out.
Jaishankar added that rebalancing means recognizing the diversity of the world, respecting it and showing due respect to other cultures and traditions.
Respect for each other’s heritage, traditions, music, literature and ways of life is part of the change the Global South would like to see, he added.
The head of Indian diplomacy stated that among the main problems that concern the world are debt, resources to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, climate action, digital access, nutrition and women’s empowerment.
He went on to say that the Covid-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, among other aspects, excluded these topics from global talks.
In this regard, he acknowledged that it was an effort to get the Group of Twenty (G20) to focus on these major issues.
Jaishankar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi then set out to listen to the voice of developing nations, and in order to know what they had to say, he organized the Global South Summit, which gave India the credentials and empirical foundation on what worries these States and to focus the G20 debates on those issues, he noted.