Big breakthrough at G20 Summit: New Delhi Declaration adopted with consensus

The New Delhi Leaders’ Summit Declaration was adopted on Saturday in a massive breakthrough as members of the G20 arrived at a “100 per cent consensus” on the opening day of the summit on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the big announcement which the government described as “historic and pathbreaking”. 

“I have received good news. Due to the hard work of our team, consensus has been built on New Delhi G20 Leaders’ Summit Declaration. My proposal is to adopt this leadership declaration. I announce to adopt this declaration. On this occasion, I congratulate my Sherpa, ministers, who worked hard for it and made it possible,” Mr Modi said while making the announcement. 

India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant said that the New Delhi Declaration – running into 38 paragraphs, was adopted with “100 per cent consensus on all developmental and geo-political issues”. 

Hammering out a consensus on the “geopolitical paras” – a reference to the wording of the Ukraine crisis which had been a major sticking point – demonstrated Mr Modi's leadership in today’s world, Kant added. 

This effectively made G20 India “the most ambitious in the history of G20 presidencies”, the top official said. 

Earlier in the day, Mr Modi had called for bridging the “global trust deficit” that had been deepened further by the war in Ukraine, as India proposed a new text on the Ukraine crisis to break the deadlock over the Delhi Declaration. 

The G20 grouping had been deeply divided over the war in Ukraine, with Western nations pushing for strong condemnation of Russia in the Leaders’ Declaration, while others demanded a focus on broader economic issues. 

The New Delhi Leaders Declaration broadly focuses on 5 key areas: 

Strong, Sustainable, Balanced and Inclusive Growth 

Accelerating Progress on Sustainable Development Goals 

Green Development Pact for a Sustainable Future 

Multilateral Institutions for the 21st Century 

Reinvigorating Multilateralism 

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