NEW DELHI, Aug. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Civil 20, an official engagement group of India's G20 Presidency, has submitted its policy recommendations to the G20 Secretariat. The Civil 20 policy package is the result of an unprecedented number of C20 events: more than 1,300 meetings, both online and offline, with more than 5,400 civil society organizations (CSOs) from 154 countries. Through massive outreach campaigns, including in vulnerable communities, C20 has also connected with more than 4.5 million people around the world.
India's G20 Secretariat is now reviewing policies ahead of the G20 Summit where their Heads of State will meet in New Delhi in September. The G20 (Group of Twenty) is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. Its members account for around 85% of world GDP, more than 75% of world trade and around two-thirds of the world's population.
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified deep inequalities fueled by a global economic downturn and an increase in natural disasters. C20 specifically calls on world leaders to put aside their self-interest and power struggles and shift their focus towards cooperation and collaboration to build a better, stronger and more inclusive world based on compassion, mutual respect and sustainability.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) is a world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader who is chairing this year's C20 Engagement Group. She is the first spiritual leader to hold the position representing volunteers with CSOs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. It is her work that addresses first-hand the needs of the world's most vulnerable communities and the impact of environmental destruction.
"One of the key insights that emerged from the deliberations was that in order to ensure the existence and long-term security of humanity, it is necessary to adopt certain general values and principles and work together as a unified whole. Indeed, the emergence of such This sentiment can be seen as a positive sign, opening the way to hope. Humanity's intentions and actions must reflect a degree of this shared sense of unity," Amma said.
"If not, our greed will reach such a point that it will threaten our very existence. Nature has been giving us strong warnings in recent years that this is the direction we are headed. If we ignore these warnings, human beings will very they will soon be added to the list of extinct creatures on this planet," he added.
Amma emphasized that everyone deserves respect and dignity regardless of their background, setting the stage for ethical and sustainable policies. The Indian approach to public service has traditionally been based on selfless service and community involvement. This is possible because there is a collective faith in self-sufficiency and sustainability, where economic growth, ecological health, personal enlightenment, and social well-being go hand in hand.
"There will always be those who discourage us and obstruct our progress. We must never allow them to weaken our confidence or conviction in doing our personal duty. Only by having confidence in ourselves can we benefit society through our efforts," Amma said.
Vijay Nambiar, Senior Coordinator of C20 India, said: "C20 India calls on the UN and the G20 to take bold steps, including through substantial financial commitments, to help achieve the UN's critical Sustainable Development Goals. Civil society around the world must be given enough space to play an appropriate role in the implementation of this agenda."
The Civil 20 policy package is based on the theme of the G20 India: One Earth, One Family, One Future. The motto is inspired by an ancient Sanskrit phrase, vasudhaiva kutumbakam, so beloved that it is engraved on the entrance of the Indian parliament building. It means that the whole world is one family.
After successfully closing the C20 India Summit, Amma officially handed over the leadership to representatives from Brazil, the next country to hold the G20 Presidency.
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