India is a natural ally for the G7 and its partners to defend democracy and freedom of thought from challenges arising due to authoritarianism, terrorism, disinformation and economic coercion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on June 13.
In a virtual address at a session on ‘open societies and open economies’ at the G7 summit, PM Modi highlighted India’s civilizational commitment to democracy, freedom of thought and liberty.
PM Modi also highlighted the impact of digital technologies such as Aadhaar, DBT (direct benefit transfer) and JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) trinity.
At another session on climate crisis, Modi sought collective action and said this challenge couldn’t be addressed in silos. He pointed out that India is the only G20 state on track to meet its Paris Accord commitments.
Speaking about it, he mentioned the commitment by Indian Railways to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.
Modi also called on the G7 to meet its unfulfilled promise of $100 billion annually in climate finance.
In his remarks, the prime minister underscored the vulnerabilities inherent in open societies and called on tech companies and social media platforms to ensure a safe cyber environment for their users, additional secretary (economic relations) in the MEA P Harish said at a press conference.
“The prime minister’s views were appreciated by other leaders in the gathering,” he said.
The leaders of the G7 states and guest countries emphasised their commitment to a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and resolved to collaborate with partners in the region, Harish said.
India’s participation at the G7 sessions reflected understanding within the bloc that resolution to “the biggest global crisis of our time” is not possible without India’s involvement and support, he said, in a reference to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said India will remain deeply engaged with the G7 and guest partners on all major issues, including health governance, access to vaccines and climate action.
The senior MEA official also said that there was widespread support at the G7 deliberations for text-based negotiations on a proposal by India and South Africa for patent waiver on Covid vaccines.
The meet brought together the G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US while India, Australia, South Korea, South Africa joined the summit as guest countries.