Peaceful coexistence is possible in human society only when diversity and inclusion are undergirded by reciprocal mutual respect. Diversity is about representation or the make-up of a unit and inclusion is about how well the contributions, presence, and perspectives of different entities are valued and integrated into the larger ecosystem. 

Since the last few years, C20 has worked unfailingly to take this agenda to the G20. But similar to diversity and inclusion at societal level in a nation, there needs to be inclusion of diverse paths and perspectives at the international and the global level. The diverse approach to development was recognized by the leaders of G20 for the first time in 2005. The 2005 G20 communique said, “We recognized there is no uniform development approach that fits all countries. Each country should be able to choose the development approaches and policies that best suit its specific characteristics, while benefiting from their accumulated experience in policy making over the last decades, including the importance of strong macroeconomic policies for sustained growth.”

The C20 group will explore and enunciate on the need to acknowledge, respect, adopt and recommend diverse approaches for solving various issues. There cannot be a one size fit all model for handling all challenges. By bringing together stakeholders from across the globe, the working group can promote the need for flexibility and innovation taking into account local capacities, culture, and resources.

India Coordinators: Dr.  Joram Begi, Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, India ([email protected])

International Coordinator: Dr. Shashi Bala, International Council for Cultural Studies, India ([email protected])