Need for a developmental trilateral, USIC

By Manoranjan Mohanty
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This week saw a momentous gathering of world leaders in New York to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' establishment. The General Assembly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years until 2030 in the pattern of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Of the many Heads of Government, in addition to the visit of Pope Francis, the state visits to the U.S. of Chinese President Xi Jinping and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi were highly significant. This is mainly a result of these leader's many bilateral meetings and addresses, which raised critical issues troubling mankind today. They conveyed the urgency of developing new and creative initiatives in the wake of the present dynamic transformations in the global political, economic, cultural and environmental spheres.

It has become clear that if the U.S., India and China (USIC) come together to launch new initiatives on a global scale, they can motivate many other countries to respond to the strategic challenges of today's world.

The cooperation of the world's largest developed country with the world's two largest developing countries can put the development agenda at the forefront of global action with a focus on eradicating poverty by 2030, the first of the 17 goals of the SDGs.

As President Xi said in his address to the captains of IT in Seattle on September 23, 2015, China has 70 million people in absolute poverty (200 million according to the World Bank), although it has achieved tremendous success in lifting millions of people out of poverty during the period of reform.

India has also made considerable strides in reducing poverty from nearly 40 percent of its population 30 years ago to the current level of about 26 percent, nearly 300 million in absolute poverty (a much higher number according to World Bank estimates). Even in America,15 percent of the population lives in poverty.

Once these countries take initiative, it can motivate countries all over the world, both developed and developing, to evolve a common agenda under the UNDP and other agencies.

China's mode of poverty eradication was implemented through development that gave employment and social opportunities to regional populations. India combined employment with credit for self-development. America promoted entrepreneurship with education and social opportunities.

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