India’s G20 Presidency is significant as it has come at a time of unprecedented global uncertainty aggravated by the war in Ukraine, a compounding cost-of-living crisis due to the war, tightening financial conditions, and unsustainable debt burdens, in the backdrop of an escalating climate crisis, said Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India.

“We are very encouraged how the Indian Presidency has focused on some of these critical issues: elevating a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) action plan to the G20 fora – something that the UN Development System has been calling for since 2015; putting forward an ambitious focus on the intersection of climate and development through its LIFE (lifestyles and environment) proposal; prioritising women-led development, and putting a critical emphasis on financing for development and climate financing as we move forward,” she said in an emailed interview.

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