New Delhi: As the G-20 leaders held a virtual summit on Thursday over Coronavirus Pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed the group to put human beings rather than economic targets at the centre of the vision for global prosperity and cooperation. Also Read - COVID-19: G-20 Nations Pledge $5 Trillion Into Global Economy, PM Modi Calls For Empowering WHO | Top Points
“Let us put human beings rather than economic targets at the centre of our vision for global prosperity and cooperation,” PM Modi was quoted as saying by the sources. Also Read - G-20 Countries to Inject $5 Trillion Into Global Economy to Combat COVID-19: Report
The Prime Minister also noted the alarming social and economic cost of the pandemic. “He added that 90 per cent of the COVID-19 cases and 88 per cent of deaths were in G-20 countries, even as they share 80 per cent of world GDP and 60 per cent of world population,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Also Read - Lockdown Day 2 Updates: Total Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 130, 35 Private Labs Given Nod to Conduct COVID-19 Tests
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.
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.
He also stressed on developing a more adaptive, responsive, affordable and human healthcare system that can be deployed globally to deal with healthcare crisis.
The G-20 leaders agreed to take all necessary measures to contain the pandemic and protect people. They also supported the strengthening of WHO’s mandate in the fight against pandemics, including delivery of medical supplies, diagnostic tools, treatments, medicines and vaccines, the MEA said.
There was appreciation among the G-20 leaders that India not only played a role at the regional level but also at the global level to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.