He then attended the Indian Institute of Technology in India’s business capital, where he delivered a lecture praising the country’s partnership with the UN, celebrating India’s 75th anniversary.e birthday.
He said India’s upcoming presidency of the G20 – the group of major industrialized countries – will be an important opportunity to bring the values and vision of developing countries to the top of the global economy and highlight the Global South in general.
The UN chief also counted on India’s support in mobilizing G20 countries around debt relief.
The Secretary-General noted that India is the largest supplier of military and police personnel to UN missions, including the first all-female UN police contingent deployed to a UN peacekeeping mission.
He said more than 200,000 Indian men and women had served in 49 peacekeeping missions since its inception in 1948.
The Secretary-General also pointed out that India, as home to a sixth of humanity and the world’s largest generation of young people, can make or break the 2030 Agenda.
‘High impact’ development
India’s recent development journey is characterized by high-impact programs delivered on a large scale. This includes the world’s largest food-based social protection scheme and the massive expansion of access to clean water and sanitation.”
He encouraged India’s involvement in a major overhaul of the global financial architecture, which currently favors the richest countries at the expense of the rest.
He also urged India to become a global renewable energy superpower, and a manufacturing center to fuel this revolution around the world.
He added that India’s voice on the global stage can only gain authority and credibility through a strong commitment to inclusiveness and respect for human rights at home.
On Thursday, he plans to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and he will also visit a pilot project site, which has recently been declared India’s first solar-powered village.
After leaving India, he will travel to Vietnam, where he will participate in a ceremony commemorating the country’s 45th anniversary as a UN member state.