Indian PM Modi unveils action-oriented agenda for G20 presidency
India's agenda for the Group of Twenty (G20) will be inclusive, ambitious, and action-oriented, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as the country assumes the presidency of the premier forum for international economic cooperation starting on December 1.
In a blog post, PM Modi said that India will work to promote a universal sense of oneness and its priorities will be shaped not only in consultation with G20 partners but also with the Global South. He underlined that the great challenges of today like climate change, terrorism, and pandemics, cannot be solved by fighting each other but by acting together.
"India's G20 agenda will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive. Let us join together to make India's G20 Presidency a Presidency of healing, harmony and hope. Let us work together to shape a new paradigm – of human-centric globalisation," he wrote.
During the G-20 Presidency, India will hold about 200 meetings in 32 different sectors in multiple locations across India. The G-20 Summit, to be held next year, would be one of the highest-profile international gatherings to be hosted by India, according to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
On the occasion, 100 monuments including UNESCO world heritage sites bearing the G-20 logo will be illuminated for seven days from December 1 to 7 – including Srinagar's Shankaracharya temple, Delhi's Red Fort, Thanjavur's Great Living Chola temple, Humayun's Tomb, Purana Qila in Delhi to Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat, Konark Sun Temple in Odisha and Sher Shah Suri's Tomb in Bihar.
The Indian Prime Minister noted the previous 17 Presidencies of the G20 delivered significant results – for ensuring macro-economic stability, rationalising international taxation, relieving debt-burden on countries, among many other outcomes. We will benefit from these achievements, and build further upon them.
However, as India assumes this important mantle, PM Modi questioned: "Can the G20 go further still? Can we catalyse a fundamental mindset shift, to benefit humanity as a whole? I believe we can."
Citing India's theme – 'One Earth, One Family, One Future', PM Modi said India's G20 Presidency will work to promote this universal sense of one-ness.