G20 Summit 2023: PM Modi passes the gavel to Brazil's Lula as G20 summit closes.
G20 Summit 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday passed the gavel to Brazil's Lula as the G20 summit closes.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi said that productive discussions at the G20 Summit for a better planet.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, UK PM Rishi Sunak, Australian PM Anthony Albanese, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other Heads of state and government and Heads of international organizations observe a minute of silence and lay a wreath at Delhi's Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
Meanwhile, the African Union formally took its seat as a new member of the G20 Saturday at the invitation of summit host and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Modi announced on Saturday that the leaders of G20 countries have reached a consensus on New Delhi G20 Leaders Declaration. The announcement is significant as the deliberations on the Delhi declaration were clouded by the different positions on Russia-Ukraine war.
1. As Leaders of G20, the premier global forum for international economic cooperation, we resolve to act in concrete ways through partnerships. We commit to:
2. Accelerate strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.
3. Accelerate the full and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
4. Improve access to medical countermeasures and facilitate more supplies and production capacities in developing countries to prepare better for future health emergencies.
5. Promote resilient growth by urgently and effectively addressing debt vulnerabilities in developing countries.
The Ukrainian foreign ministry said on Saturday the G20's joint declaration was "nothing to be proud of" and criticised it for not mentioning Russia.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko posted a screenshot of the relevant section of the joint declaration, with several pieces of the text crossed out in red and corrected with wording which reflects Ukraine's position that it is a victim of unprovoked Russian aggression.
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An airport official told ANI that the Canadian delegation will stay in India till the engineering team on the ground rectifies the issue.
“The partnership between India and the United States is rooted in Mahatma Gandhi’s principal of trusteeship – trusteeship that is shared between our countries and for our shared planet. Thank you, Prime Minister for bringing us here today," he tweeted.
The two leaders talked about ways to boost trade and cooperation in agriculture and technology. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also handed over the G20 presidential gavel to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Sunday and expressed faith that India's successor will further global unity and prosperity.
'Operation Seal 4' was conducted from 8 am to 2 pm in a synchronised manner with the forces from neighbouring states Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.
“Congratulations to the G20 Presidency and the G20 Summit which has been ambitious, inclusive, determined and action-oriented. A huge thank you to all of those involved, to our Indian hosts who once again have shown Atithi Devo Bhava," the British High Commissioner to India said.
“This G20 confirms once again the isolation of Russia. Today, an overwhelming majority of G20 members condemn the war in Ukraine and its impact," Reuters quoted Macron as telling a press conference after the closing ceremony of the summit.
“As far as our work regarding the corridor is concerned, first of all, the Gulf countries are included in it. Iraq is also part of it. And opening up a corridor through Turkey would mean the following taking up the Gulf and opening it up all the way into Europe and tying it all the way into Europe. Now, regarding such a corridor, particularly United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Turkey are acting sensitively and in a fast manner. We hope to be able to implement this project. We're working on it, and as we speak, our ministers of foreign relations and ministers of transportation work together. And we will try and work to be able to implement this in the coming couple of months..." Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
“Both the issues came up. Over the years, with PM Modi, we have had many conversations on both of those issues... Canada will always defend freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, and freedom of peaceful protest and it is extremely important to us.. at the same time we are always there to prevent violence and to push back against hatred. I think on the issue of the community, it is important to remember that the actions of the few do not represent the entire community or Canada. The flip side of it, we also highlighted the importance of respecting the rule of law and we did talk about foreign interference..." he said.
PM Narendra Modi met Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Delhi.
“....India is our greatest trade partner in South Asia. And we have great potential to enjoy primarily in the field of economy and many others..." the Turkish President said.
Father Nicholas Dias, Secretary of the Liturgy Commission, Delhi Archdiocese conducted a private Church service for US President Joe Biden during his visit to the national capital for the G 20 Summit. The POTUS gifted memorabilia to Father Dias after the service was over.
“... on both the sides and it had the number 261, which I know before me only 260 people had received such an honour (sic)," Father Dias said.
“...We believe that any initiative that isolates Russia is bound to fail. Its success is a very little possibility. We believe that any step that may escalate the tensions in the Black Sea should be avoided... In order to support the global food security, food supply security, we are going to bring together the Food Supply Security Study Group, both Russia, Ukraine, as well as the United Nations, and with our stakeholders coming from the international community, we are going to have continuous talks…" said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
G20 not a forum for political discussions, vast majority of G20 countries condemned Russian invasion of Ukraine. G20 should not get stuck on these issues, says French President Macron on Ukraine conflict
There were four Indian Foreign Services officers who burnt the midnight oil to draft the New Delhi G20 Leaders Declaration which achieved a reported ‘100% consensus’, a historic achievement.
The four diplomats who created the Delhi declaration were Abhay Thakur, Ashish Sinha, Nagaraj Naidu Kakanur, and the only woman among the four Enam Gambhir.
To read more on how to drafted the Delhi Declaration click here
"...The Kyiv regime destroyed the territorial integrity of its country with its own hand...I believe that some of our Western colleagues understand it too but you know very well that they are placing their bets on Russia's strategic defeat..." said
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed diplomatic victory on Sunday, declaring a G20 summit in India a "success" after the bloc shied away from direct criticism of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
"We were able to prevent the West's attempts to 'Ukrainize' the summit agenda," Lavrov said as the two-day meeting of leaders closed.
"The text doesn't mention Russia at all" Russia's veteran diplomat said.
Lavrov also criticised the West in saying, "The West also had long ago promised even 100 billion US dollars per year to prepare economists to counter the negative consequences of climate change, but nothing on that has been done. The declaration also mentions the tasks that need to be done in accordance with the long-standing promises in order to ensure a balance of interest in the global economy..."
Lavrov hailed India's G20 Presidency and said, "It is a long way to go but this Summit has been a milestone... I would also like to mention the active role of the Indian presidency that has genuinely consolidated the G20 countries from the Global South for the first time in history. Our BRICS partners- Brazil, India, China, South Africa have been particularly active and thanks to these consolidated positions taken by the Global South countries to uphold and protect their legitimate interests..."
In the run-up to the G20 Summit, Father Nicholas Dias, Secretary for Liturgy Commission for the Delhi Archdiocese, got a call from the US Embassy in New Delhi, with a purpose that US President Joe Biden wished to hold a private mass while on his Delhi visit.
On Saturday morning Father Nicolas conducted the private service for the US President ahead of his G20 deliberations in India.
"There always be challenges as not all the countries will agree on everything but I am quite optimistic," says World Bank President Ajay Banga on G20 India 2023 consensus
Of all the dishes that were served to the G20 leaders and their spouses during the summit, UK PM Rishi Sunak's wife Akshata Murty highly recommended two millet-based dishes Avocado and Pearl Millet Salad and Jowar and Jackfruit Haleem, ITC hotel sources informed news agency ANI.
During the G20 Summit in India, the ITC hotel chains have taken a noteworthy culinary initiative by featuring a bouquet of vegetarian dishes crafted from millets, a group of highly nutritious grains.
Two talented women chefs from ITC Sheraton New Delhi have curated a menu that boasts an impressive array of 20 millet-based dishes. This culinary endeavor draws inspiration from the "Mission Millets" initiative of ITC hotel chains, aligning with the United Nations' declaration of 2023 as the International Year of the Millet, a proposal put forth by India to establish itself as a global hub for millet cultivation and consumption. Read the full story here.
As the G20 Summit moves towards conclusion, the United Kingdom will contribute a record $2 billion to the Green Climate Fund to tackle climate change, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Sunday.
Notably, this is the biggest single funding commitment made by the UK to help the world tackle climate change. G20 Summit in India is inching closer to its conclusion. Read the full story here.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said India's G20 presidency has left an "indelible mark" on the world stage, and the consensus reached on the declaration marks a historic milestone in bridging the global trust deficit.
He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision, and said he successfully demonstrated "Bharat's prowess as both a Vishwa Guru and Vishwa Bandhu".
"The historic G20 Summit in New Delhi has successfully concluded. India’s Presidency under the visionary leadership of PM Narendra Modi has left an indelible mark on the world stage," Singh said in a post on X.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he had raised his concern over any Chinese interference in Britain's parliamentary democracy during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at a G20 summit in India, after the reported arrest of two alleged spies.
The Sunday Times reported that one of the people arrested on suspicion of spying for China was a researcher in the British parliament.
Sunak said he was limited in what he could say about an ongoing investigation but told reporters he had raised "his very strong concerns about any interference in our parliamentary democracy, which is obviously unacceptable", with Premier Li. (Reuters)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the G20 summit in India a success and said that due to the countries of the global south's consolidated position, Russia managed to ensure the G20 agenda was not overshadowed by the Ukraine conflict.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a 'special military operation' and does not agree with the western countries calling it a war, Reuters reported.
Amid the ongoing summit in Delhi, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, took out some time from his busy schedule to offer prayer at the Akshardham Temple in New Delhi on Sunday Morning.
The convoy of the UK PM could be seen arriving at the temple ahead of the beginning of the second-day sessions of the G20 Summit. Before his arrival, elaborate security arrangements were put in place in and around the temple. Read the complete story.
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines of a G20 summit in the Indian capital New Delhi on Sunday, Erdogan's office said in a statement.
Erdogan and Sisi discussed bilateral ties and energy cooperation between Turkey and Egypt, as well as regional and global issues, it said.
Egypt and Turkey upgraded their diplomatic relations by appointing ambassadors to each other's capitals in July after a decade of tension.
Appointment of ambassadors marked a "new era" between Ankara and Cairo, Erdogan told Sisi during their meeting, according to the Turkish presidency's statement. (Reuters)
Russia welcomed the G20 summit declaration, which refrained from explicitly condemning Moscow for its actions in the Ukraine conflict.
Russia expressed the view that the leaders of the G20 acted in the spirit of conflict resolution as discussions continued on Sunday, Reuters reported.
As reported by Reuters, the consensus declaration, adopted in New Delhi on Saturday, did not directly criticize Russia for the war but instead urged all states to refrain from using force to acquire territory. Russia has characterized its actions in Ukraine as a "special military operation." Read the full story.
Russian foreign minister Lavrov calls G20 Summit, ‘a success’, reported Reuters.
As the G20 Summit entered its final day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold various meetings with eight global leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Comoros, Turkey, UAE, South Korea, etc.
“PM Modi to hold a working lunch meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron today. The PM will hold a pull-aside meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and will later do bilateral meetings with Comoros, Turkey, UAE, South Korea, EU/EC, Brazil, and Nigeria," sources told ANI. Read the full story here.
India and Saudi Arabia are likely to sign an energy cooperation memorandum of understanding after a luncheon meeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The pact will focus on cooperation in energy efficiency, renewable energy, hydrogen and grid interconnection between the countries, Reuters reported citing sources. (Reuters)
New Delhi: The biggest takeaway from the ongoing G20 leaders' summit in New Delhi is the spirit of 'Vasudaiva Kutumbakam', or 'the world is one family', chief co-ordinator of G20 Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters on Sunday.
You have seen the significant outcomes of the leaders' summit--the New Delhi declaration and prior to that, the African Union's joining G20 as a permanent member. These are significant developments under India's presidency, said Shringla.
He added, “In a multilateral process, usually, negotiations go on till the last minute. At the G20 summit, the Prime Minister announced the consensus (decision) on the first day itself by the afternoon. This is a very important outcome." Read the full story here.
Cyber space new source of funding for terrorism; global cooperation, framework necessary for cyber security: PM Modi at G20 Summit.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conveyed his significant concerns about Chinese interference in Britain's parliamentary democracy in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at a G20 summit in India, Sunak's office said on Sunday. (Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "...As you all know India has the responsibility of G20 presidency till November 2023. In these two days, all of you gave a lot of suggestions and placed proposals. It is our duty that the suggestions we have received be reviewed once again so as to see how their progress can be sped up. I propose that at the end of November, we hold a virtual session of G 20. We can review the topics decided in this Summit, in that virtual session...I hope you all will connect in the virtual session...With this, I declare the conclusion of G 20 Summit..."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday received a sapling from Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, representing the G20 presidencies of last year and the next year. The ceremony took place at the beginning of the third session ‘One Future’ of the G20 Summit.
First Widodo handed over the sapling to Modi and then Lula da Silva presented the sapling to the prime minister, amidst applause from other leaders. The G20 leaders summit will draw to a close this afternoon with India handing over the G20 presidency to Brazil. Read the full story.
After attending the G20 Summit in India, US President Joe Biden on Sunday departed for Vietnam to expand ties between the two nations. Biden will meet Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trọng and other key leaders to discuss ways to further deepen cooperation between the two nations.
In an official statement on September 6, the US Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam said, “President Joseph R Biden Jr will travel to Hanoi, Vietnam on September 10, 2023."
“While in Hanoi, President Biden will meet with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other key leaders to discuss ways to further deepen cooperation between the United States and Vietnam," the statement read. Read the full story here.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called an end Sunday to the G20 summit in New Delhi by passing on a ceremonial gavel to Brazil, which will take the bloc's presidency.
"I want to congratulate Brazil's president and my friend Lula da Silva, and hand over the presidency's gavel to him," Modi said. (AFP)
The Reserve Bank is likely to launch the pilot of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) for transactions for interbank borrowing or call money market by October, central bank Executive Director Ajay Kumar Choudhary said on Sunday.
The pilot of the wholesale CBDC, known as the Digital Rupee-Wholesale (e-W), was launched on November 1, 2022, with the use case being limited to the settlement of secondary market transactions in government securities.
"The RBI will introduce the wholesale CBDC in the call market either this month or next month," Choudhary said on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit here. (PTI)
There is a need to expand the mandate of multilateral development banks, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told G20 leaders during a summit of the bloc on Sunday.
He said decisions on expanding the mandate should be "immediate and effective". (Reuters)
Mohan Veena instrumentalist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who performed at the gala dinner hosted by President Droupadi Murmu yesterday says "I am very happy that such a huge event was organised in our India where several countries participated. The cultural background of Rajasthan and our country has been displayed in this event. Our culture is 'Padharo Mhaare Des' and 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'..."
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday lauded India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant for ‘200 hours of non-stop negotiations' to deliver a consensus on the G20 declaration that was adopted at the Leaders' Summit here.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Tharoor wrote, "Well done @amitabhk87! Looks like the IFS lost an ace diplomat when you opted for the IAS! "Negotiated with Russia, China, only last night got a final draft," says India's G20 Sherpa on 'Delhi Declaration' consensus. A proud moment for India at G20!"
According to Hindustan Times, citing media reports, India circulated the final draft to the G20 members on Friday night, saying if the group leaders did not agree to it, there would be no declaration. Read the full story here.
India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday talked about the New Delhi G20 Leadership Declaration that called upon for peace in Ukraine. While the adoption of the declaration was hailed as something with ‘100% consensus', and ‘historic’, it also earned criticism for being silent on Russia, and for talking about war ‘in Ukraine’ instead of war ‘against Ukraine’.
The New Delhi Declaration is seen as a significant victory for India's G20 presidency. Its adoption highlighted that members have successfully clinched a consensus amid increasing tensions and divergent views over the Ukraine conflict.
Addressing a press briefing on the G20 Summit outcomes, he also said that while noting that G20 is not the platform to resolve geopolitical and security issues, the leaders recognised that they can have significant consequences for the global economy. Read the full story here.
At the gala dinner hosted by President Droupadi Murmu, India showcased its diverse musical heritage to the world. It witnessed the usage of traditional music from all across the country. The key highlight was ‘Gandharva Atodyam’. It is a unique musical medley featuring an exquisite symphony of musical instruments from across Bharat, showcasing Hindustani, Carnatic, Folk and Contemporary music with an ensemble of classical instruments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a working lunch meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron today.
"PM will hold a pull-aside meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and will later do bilateral meetings with Comoros, Turkey, UAE, South Korea, EU/EC, Brazil and Nigeria," ANI reported citing sources.
Statement by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at Session III of the G20, 'One Future': One thing seems clear - the future will be digital. Today I want to focus on AI & digital infrastructure. As it has been described, AI has risks but also offers tremendous opportunities. The crucial question is how to harness a rapidly changing technology. It is telling that even the makers and inventors of AI are calling on political leaders to regulate. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday along with global leaders of G20 paid homage to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi here in the national capital.
Later, PM Modi while posting to X, called Mahatma Gandhi the beacon of peace, service, compassion and non-violence.
“At the iconic Rajghat, the G20 family paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi - the beacon of peace, service, compassion and non-violence. As diverse nations converge, Gandhi Ji’s timeless ideals guide our collective vision for a harmonious, inclusive and prosperous global future," the PM said.
Tripura CM Manik Saha says, "We have seen in the reports, that it (G20 Summit) has been extremely successful... We got to know what we can provide for other countries and what they can give us...Our idea of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' has succeeded...Our sense of staying together with everyone will benefit us..."
Biofuel alliance can generate opportunities worth USD 500 billion in the next three years for G20 countries, according to Indian Biogas Association (IBA).
Biofuel alliance can be a win-win situation for G20 countries and the environment, IBA said.
According to a study by the IBA, the biofuel alliance can generate opportunities worth USD 500 billion in the next three years for G20 countries.
The findings of the study assume significance as India is currently hosting the G20 leaders' Summit in New Delhi.
Biogas can generate an opportunity of USD 200 billion, considering the least investment required, compared to other energy generation options and easy availability of raw materials, it stated. (PTI)
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