G20 Summit: PM Modi will meet with the leaders of Mauritius, Bangladesh, and the United States on September 8.
According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend more than 15 bilateral meetings with international leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi. The G20 Summit, which will take place in New Delhi this weekend, will be attended by the majority of the world’s top leaders.
PM Modi will meet with the leaders of Mauritius, Bangladesh, and the United States on September 8. In addition to the G20 Summit on September 9, the prime minister will attend bilateral discussions with the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and Italy. The next day, PM Modi will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron for a working lunch.
According to the sources, he will hold a pull-aside meeting with Canada as well as bilateral meetings with the Comoros, Turkey, the UAE, South Korea, the EU/EC, Brazil, and Nigeria.
According to sources, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would be accompanied by her daughter Saima Wazed on her visit to India for the G20 meeting. Along with PM Modi, Hasina will inaugurate a rail link with Tripura and the second unit of the Rampal power plant virtually from Delhi at G20 side events.
She will also sign other agreements, including one that would allow inhabitants of both nations to use a Rupee-Taka card to pay in local currency rather than dollars when visiting the other.
PM Modi will also meet with US Vice President Joe Biden, who arrives in New Delhi on Friday evening.
While President Biden will be offered dinner on Friday, depending on jet lag, President Macron plans to have lunch with Prime Minister Modi on Sunday afternoon, in addition to bilateral sessions.
While the Ukraine war and its impact on the global economy will dominate the political discussion at the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi’s priority will be to use the gathering to focus on the global south and prioritize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as a 2021 UN report revealed that the global pandemic had wreaked havoc on them.
According to the UN report, in addition to the four million deaths at the time of the report, between 119 and 124 million people were forced into poverty and chronic hunger, and the equivalent of 255 million jobs were lost during the illness, which originated in Wuhan in China.
PM Modi is likely to encourage green development awareness.
While industrialized nations’ financial pledges to address climate change concerns are still awaited, PM Modi is likely to promote green development understanding and green goals to preserve the future from climate-related disasters. In this context, PM Modi will argue that millets are the answer to global food security because the crop can withstand harsh weather conditions and high temperatures.
While wealthier countries must provide financial support and technology to disincentivize the global south from using coal for electricity generation, PM Modi will advocate for a shift in global lifestyle, or what he refers to as mission LIFE, for environmental protection.
Last but not least, PM Modi’s appeal at the G-20 will focus on women’s growth and empowerment, which has taken a global backslide in the aftermath of the global epidemic. This will be part of PM Modi’s ideal of inclusion, in which no one is left behind, which he has achieved domestically through “Ayodhya” programs.
Having said that, there will be last-minute political maneuvering among global leaders to reach an agreement on how to promote global economic growth and development—the true purpose of the G20.