New Delhi: In his third foreign visit this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to Italy and Glasgow in the United Kingdom from October 29 to November 2 to attend the 16th G-20 Summit and the World Leaders’ Summit of COP-26 respectively.
Prime Minister Modi visited the U.S. in September and earlier visited Bangladesh in March.
Prime Minister Modi will be participating for two days in the 16th G-20 Summit in Rome from October 30-31 at the invitation of his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi. The Summit will also be attended by Heads of State and Government of G-20 Member countries, the European Union, and other invited countries and International Organizations.
This will be the 8th G-20 Summit that Prime Minister Modi would be attending. The G-20 has emerged as the premier global forum for international economic cooperation. India is scheduled to host the G-20 Summit in 2023 for the first time. The G-20 is a grouping of the major global economies and the forum has met every year since 1999.
The forthcoming Summit under the Italian Presidency is centred around the theme ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’, focusing on the areas of Recovery from the Pandemic and Strengthening of Global Health Governance, Economic Recovery and Resilience, Climate Change and Energy Transition, and Sustainable Development and Food Security.
Prime Minister Modi will also hold several bilateral meetings, including with the Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi.
After his engagements in Rome, Prime Minister Modi will travel to Glasgow to attend the World Leader’s Summit of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson. COP-26 is being held from October 31 to November 12 under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy.
The high-level segment of COP-26, titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), will be held on November 1-2. The Summit will be attended by Heads of State and Government of more than 120 countries. COP-26 was originally slated to be held in 2020, but was deferred to 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs here.
The UNFCCC embodies the global will and vision to combat climate change. The periodic Conference of Parties to this Convention have emerged as global climate summits, providing an opportunity for stocktaking and for charting the way forward. Prime Minister Modi last attended the COP-21 in Paris in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was concluded, and whose implementation commences this year. At COP-26, the Parties will work to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilization of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer; and keeping in reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures.
Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of COP-26, including with Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson.