World will need a new post-Covid-19 globalization template: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: The crisis has exposed the limitations of the existing international system and has highlighted the need for a new template based on equity, equality and humanity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi he said Monday.

He was speaking at an online summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a forum of around 120 developing countries. Without giving any direct reference or naming any country, Modi also said: Even when the world is fighting COVID-19, some people are busy spreading other deadly viruses. Like terrorism. Like fake news and fake videos to divide communities and countries.

In his comments, the prime minister also highlighted India's fight against the pandemic, saying that he has demonstrated how democracy, discipline and decision can come together to create a genuine popular movement that overcomes the challenge.

India represents a sixth of humanity. We are a developing country and a free society. During this crisis, we have shown how democracy, discipline and decision can come together to create a genuine popular movement, he said.

The videoconference was attended by more than 30 Heads of State and governments and other leaders, including the Member States of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said Modi's participation in the NAM Contact Group summit underscored India's long-standing commitment to the bloc's principles and values ​​as one of its main founding members.

Speaking about India's global role in providing assistance, the prime minister said he has provided medical supplies to more than 123 partner countries, including 59 NAM members, despite its national requirements.

The civilization of India sees the entire world as a family. As we care for our own citizens, we are also extending aid to other countries ... India is considered to be a pharmacy of the world, especially for affordable medicines, he said.

The prime minister said humanity is facing its most serious crisis in many decades and that NAM can help promote global solidarity, as it has often been the moral voice of the world.

To maintain this role, NAM must remain inclusive, Modi said. In his speech, the Prime Minister said that the world needs to promote human well-being and not just focus on economic growth.

COVID-19 has shown us the limitations of the existing international system. In the post-COVID world, we need a new template for globalization, based on equity, equality and humanity, he said.

We need international institutions that are more representative of today's world. Like International Yoga Day, to improve the physical and mental well-being of all humanity. As the International Solar Alliance, to help our planet heal from climate change disease, added the Prime Minister.

Modi said NAM should call the international community and the World Health Organization focus on building health capacity in developing countries.

We should develop a platform for all NAM countries, to unite our experiences, best practices, crisis management protocols, research and resources, he said.

The summit was also addressed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad Bande, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the President of the African Union, Musa Faki Mahamat, the High Representative of the EU, Josep Borrell, and the General Director of World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus.

After the summit, the leaders adopted a declaration that underlines the importance of international solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.

The leaders also announced the creation of a working group to identify the needs and requirements of member states by establishing a common database that reflects their basic medical, social and humanitarian needs in the fight against the pandemic, the MEA said .