New Delhi: The big day for India is here as the 2023 G20 Summit gets underway in New Delhi on Saturday. This marks the inaugural G20 Summit held under India’s presidency.
The 18th G20 Summit represents the culmination of a year-long series of G20 processes and meetings involving ministers, senior officials, and civil societies.
Notably, the theme of this year’s G20 Summit, is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth – One Family – One Future“, is drawn from the ancient Sanskrit text of the Maha Upanishad.
- President Murmu arrived at Bharat Mandapam ahead of the G20 Dinner being hosted by her on Saturday evening.
- ‘Strong connectivity and infrastructure base of development of human civilisation. India has given highest priority to this topic…we believe connectivity between different countries increases not only business but also trust… by promoting connectivity initiative, we need to ensure we stick to philosophies…that is, adhesion to international rules, respect for all nations’ sovereignty and regional integrity…’, says PM Modi
- US President Joe Biden says, ‘This is a real big deal. I want to thank PM. ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ that’s the focus of this G 20 Summit. And in many ways, it’s also the focus of this partnership that we’re talking about today. Building sustainable, resilient infrastructure, making quality infrastructure investments and creating a better future… Last year, we came together as one to commit to this vision. And this afternoon I want to highlight the key ways in which the United States and our partners are working to make this a reality. Economic corridor… You’re going to hear that phrase more than once, I expect, over the next decade. As we work to address infrastructure gaps across low-middle-income countries, we need to maximise the impact of our investments. That’s why a few months ago, the United States announced to work with our partners to invest in economic corridors.’
PM Narendra Modi launches ‘Global Biofuels Alliance’ in the presence of US President Joe Biden, Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Argentina President Alberto Fernández and Prime Minister of Italy Giorgia Meloni.
- On African Union becoming a member of the G20, EAM S. Jaishankar says: ‘Last year during the Bali Summit, Senegal President Macky Sall who was President of the African Union at that time came to Indonesia’s President and PM (Modi). He complained about the G20 membership…during that time, Modi had assured the (African Union President ) that under the Indian G20 presidency, it would certainly be done. And this is the guarantee of Modi. And you have seen that he has delivered this assurance that he had made. And during the BRICS summit, the then president came to the PM and he reminded him that you had assured us and you really impacted it.’
- ‘On the Russia-Ukraine crisis, India worked very closely with Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia and it was the emerging markets that played a very key role. India worked with all the emerging markets which played a key role, there were very tough and ruthless negotiations which went on for several days non-stop. In the end, the issue was clinched because of the leadership of the PM…’, says G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant
- ‘Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) has also been integrated into the G20 Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) which will run between 2024 and 2026, that is a strong legacy of the Indian presidency….,’ says Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
- ‘Historical & Path breaking G20 Declaration with 100% consensus on all developmental and geo-political issues. The new geopolitical paras are a powerful call for Planet, People, Peace and Prosperity in today’s world. Demonstrates PM Narendra Modi’s leadership in today’s world’, G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant posts on X.
- India’s #G20Presidency has been the most ambitious in history of G20. With 112 outcomes and presidency documents, we have more than doubled the substantive work from previous presidencies.
- ‘I have received good news. Due to the hard work of our team, consensus has been built on New Delhi G20 Leaders’ Summit Declaration. My proposal is to adopt this leadership declaration. I announce to adopt this declaration. On this occasion, I congratulate my Sherpa, ministers, who worked hard for it and made it possible…’, says PM Modi.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida hold bilateral meeting.
- Bilateral meeting between PM Modi and UK PM Rishi Sunak underway.
- French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at Bharat Mandapam. The President will reportedly hold a bilateral meeting with PM Modi on September 10.
- After welcoming top world leaders to the G20 Summit on Saturday, PM Modi called for turning the “global trust deficit” into a relationship of trust.
- PM Modi said India’s G20 presidency has become a symbol of inclusion, both inside and outside the country.
- Prime Minister Modi said that the post-Covid world is suffering from trust deficit, and the (Ukraine) war has deepened it further, he said, adding that we need to walk together for global good. “As G20 president, India appeals to the world to change this global trust deficit into confidence in each other. It is a time to walk together.”
- The African Union formally took its seat as a new member of the G20 at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi.
- Several bilateral meetings with the UK, Japan, Germany, and Italy are to be held on Saturday.
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director and Chairman Kristalina Georgieva and World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala were among the first to arrive.
- The Delhi Declaration of G20 is almost ready and will be presented before the grouping’s leaders to secure a consensus, India’s sherpa Amitabh Kant said.
- On Friday, Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral talk. The two countries signed three memorandum of understanding (MoUs), including one on cooperation in Digital Payment mechanisms.
- On Friday evening, US President Biden along with US Treasury secretary Janet Yellen, had a closed-door meeting with PM Modi.
PM Modi to hold over 15 bilateral meetings with world leaders
- On September 8, PM Modi to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Mauritius, Bangladesh and the US.
- On September 9, PM Kodi to hold bilateral meetings with UK, Japan, Germany and Italy.
- On September 10, PM Modi to hold a working lunch meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. He will also do a pull-aside meeting with Canada and bilateral meetings with Comoros, Turkiye, UAE, South Korea, EU/EC, Brazil and Nigeria.