As India achieved a “key milestone” of holding the 100th G20 meeting under its presidency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India’s G20 Presidency has worked to further global good and create a better planet.
Modi tweeted, “Guided by the principle of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ and in line with our ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, India’s G20 Presidency has worked to further global good and create a better planet.”
Briefing the media, G20 chief coordinator Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “On the whole we intend to have 200-plus meetings in 60 cities across India… The 100th meeting is the Meeting of Agriculture Chief Scientists (MACS) being held now in Varanasi.”
Stating that India’s G20 Presidency has had the “highest in-person participation ever”, Shringla said that more than 12,300 delegates from 111 nationalities have attended G20-related meetings so far.
Shringla said India’s G20 Presidency has been “inclusive”.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “India celebrates a key milestone in its G20 Presidency today, with the hosting of its 100th G20 meeting, the Meeting of Agriculture Chief Scientists (MACS) in Varanasi. The second Health Working Group in Goa, the second Digital Economy Working Group in Hyderabad and the Space Economy Leaders’ Precursor Meeting in Shillong are also being held today.”
India assumed G20 Presidency on December 1, 2022, after handover of the G20 Presidency to Prime Minister Modi at the G20 summit in Bali on November 16 that year. India’s year-long G20 Presidency would continue until November 30 this year.
The statement said, “As on date, the 100 G20 meetings have been held in 41 cities, covering 28 states and Union Territories. Meetings are being organised across the length and breadth of India…. During our Presidency, India will be hosting foreign delegates for over 200 G20-related meetings in around 60 cities across India, the widest geographical spread in any G20 Presidency.”
“All 13 Sherpa Track Working Groups, 8 Finance Track Workstreams, 11 Engagement Groups and 4 Initiatives have embarked on substantive interactions. A new working group on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), a new engagement group “Startup 20” and a new Initiative Chief Science Advisers’ Roundtable (CSAR) have been operationalised in our G20 Presidency…” (Indian Express)