PM Modi to join 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit, first in-person since outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic
Ahead of his visit to Italy and the UK to attend the G20 meet and COP-26 World Leaders’ Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said in Rome he will hold discussions on global economic and health recovery from the pandemic, while in Glasgow he will highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues, including equitable distribution of carbon space. He will also meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on October 30.
Modi said in a tweet: “During my visit to Italy, I will also visit the Vatican City, to call on His Holiness Pope Francis and meet Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin.”
Over the next few days, I would be in Rome, the Vatican City and Glasgow to attend important multilateral gatherings like the @g20org and @COP26. There would also be various bilateral and community related programmes during this visit.https://t.co/0OXpm1Nhcy
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2021
In his departure statement, Modi also said he will be visiting Rome and the Vatican City from October 29-31 at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, following which he will travel to Glasgow, the UK from November 1-2 at the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“In Rome, I will attend the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit, where I will join other G20 leaders in discussions on global economic and health recovery from the pandemic, sustainable development, and climate change,” Modi said noting that this will be the first in-person summit of the G20 since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the meeting will allow the G20 to take stock of the current global situation and exchange ideas on how the grouping can be an engine for strengthening economic resilience and building back inclusively and sustainably from the pandemic. On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, the Prime Minister said he will also meet with leaders of other partner countries and review the progress in India’s bilateral relations with them.
Following the conclusion of the G20 Summit on October 31, Modi said, he will depart for Glasgow to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Noting that India is creating new records in a collective effort for climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience and forging multilateral alliances, Modi said India is among the top countries in the world in terms of installed renewable energy, wind, and solar energy capacity.
Narendra Modi said he will also highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues, including equitable distribution of carbon space, support for mitigation and adaptation and resilience-building measures, mobilization of finance, technology transfer, and importance of sustainable lifestyles for green and inclusive growth. COP-26 will also provide an opportunity to meet with all the stakeholders, including leaders of partner countries, innovators, and inter-Governmental organizations, and explore the possibilities for further accelerating our clean growth, Prime Minister added
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