New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) As the world reels under the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the powerful G-20 grouping to put human beings rather than economic targets at the centre of the vision for global prosperity and cooperation.
In his address at a video conference of the G-20 leaders, Modi also pitched for developing a new crisis management protocol and procedures to deal with global health crisis besides significantly boosting capability of organisations like the WHO, government sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed other G20 leaders during the #G20VirtualSummit on coordinated global response to the #COVID19 pandemic & its human & economic implications. NSA Ajit Doval & External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were also present. pic.twitter.com/QEbE53AvY6— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said #COVID19 has offered an opportunity to look at a new concept of globalization. One that also focuses on humanity, climate change, and terrorism other than economic & financial aspects: Sources https://t.co/qoC9fZTeIV— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
PM Modi during the #G20VirtualSummit, made a point that the forum has become a platform to address financial & economic issues. PM said at many levels globalization has failed us, whether it is in combating terrorism or climate change: Sources https://t.co/0igExrP8Zk— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the G20 leaders to come out with a plan putting the focus on human lives. He urged for a plan to reduce the hardships faced by economically weaker sections of society, strengthening WHO and mitigating economic hardships: Sources https://t.co/UOtqnQMZHf— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
He also said that G-20 should work together to reduce economic hardships, particularly of the poor nations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 21,000 people and infected more than 470,000 globally.
The prime minister called for ushering in a new globalisation for collective well being of entire humankind, noting that medical research should be freely and openly available for all countries.
He said empowering the WHO was necessary for development of effective vaccines to deal with global pandemics.
'Let us put human beings rather than economic targets at the centre of our vision for global prosperity and cooperation,' Modi was quoted as saying by the sources.
He also stressed on developing a more adaptive, responsive, affordable and human healthcare system that can be deployed globally to deal with healthcare crisis. PTI MPB ZMN