On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and five Nordic prime ministers vowed to strengthen collaboration between India and the Nordic countries.
They discussed major problems connected to international peace and security during the Second India-Nordic Summit in Copenhagen, including the situation in Ukraine, multilateral cooperation, green transition and climate change, the blue economy, innovation, and digitalisation.
The Prime Ministers reiterated the importance of free trade as a catalyst for inclusive growth and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
India did not join the Nordic countries in condemning Russia, as it did in joint declarations with Germany and Denmark.
However, India and the other five countries expressed grave concern about Ukraine’s continued humanitarian situation.
The Prime Ministers identified prospects in the Arctic for further cooperation on polar research, climate change, and environmental challenges.
They agreed that a strong partnership between India and the Nordic nations can aid in promoting innovation, economic growth, environmentally responsible solutions, and mutually beneficial trade and investment.
India and the Nordic nations reaffirmed their support for a rules-based international order and multilateral institutions, as well as their commitment to working to make them more inclusive, transparent, and accountable in order to more effectively address global challenges.
Working to reform the United Nations, including the Security Council, to make it more effective, transparent, and accountable, as well as the World Trade Organization, and strengthening collaboration on global health issues, such as pandemic preparedness and response, were among the items on the agenda. The Nordic countries reaffirmed their support for India’s permanent membership in a revamped and larger United Nations Security Council.