On Friday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar emphasized the need for a reformed United Nations at the core of a multipolar world, addressing the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Kampala, Uganda. Jaishankar shared India's perspectives, rooted in the belief of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, or the world as a family, highlighting the profound changes since the NAM convened in Baku in 2019.
The global impact of the Covid pandemic, leaving scars that may take generations to heal, was a central theme of Jaishankar's address. He expressed concern over ongoing conflicts worldwide, with a specific focus on Gaza. Additionally, he pointed out the increasing and disruptive nature of climate change, affecting all corners of the globe, and the challenges posed by the triad of debt, inflation, and growth.
Amidst these pressing issues, Jaishankar delved into the fundamental nature of the world we face today. While colonialism may have been overthrown, new forms of inequity and domination persist. In the era of globalization, economic concentrations often treat the rest of the world merely as markets or resources, a reality starkly illuminated by the challenges of the Covid experience. Jaishankar also touched upon the impact of narratives emphasizing political correctness and universalism, neglecting the rich diversity of cultures and traditions.
In response to these challenges, Jaishankar advocated for a multipolar world with a reformed United Nations at its core. He emphasized the importance of economic decentralization, promoting greater regional production. Furthermore, he stressed the need for cultural rebalancing, where all heritage is mutually respected. As the world grapples with these multifaceted challenges, India's call for a more inclusive and equitable global order resonates with the principles of unity and mutual respect.
Gaza Humanitarian Crisis: Jaishankar Urges Immediate Relief and Sustainable Solutions, Emphasizing Necessity at NAM SummitExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stressed the need for a sustainable solution to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip during his address at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday. Expressing concern over the conflict in Gaza, Jaishankar emphasized the urgency of providing immediate relief to those most affected by the crisis.
In his statement, Jaishankar condemned terrorism and hostage-taking, emphasizing the importance of respecting international humanitarian law by all states. He also highlighted the imperative of preventing the spread of conflict within or beyond the region.
Advocating for a two-state solution, Jaishankar called for efforts to ensure that the Palestinian people can live within secure borders. He urged collective endeavors to make this solution a reality.
The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas has resulted in a devastating toll on the Gaza side, with over 24,000 people killed and dire living conditions characterized by a lack of water, power, food, and medical aid. Israel, on the other hand, has faced over 1,400 deaths and continues to insist on the release of more than 100 hostages held by Hamas, maintaining relentless attacks on the Gaza Strip.
(With Agency Inputs)