In a groundbreaking move, the African Union was inducted as a permanent member of the G20 today. The induction took place in New Delhi at the opening session of the G20 Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leading the session, formally invited Azali Assoumani, the Head of the African Union, to assume this esteemed position. This development arose from India’s initiative, emphasizing the theme of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” – an ethos of collective progress.
The significance of the G20, particularly under India’s presidency, was underscored by Prime Minister Modi in his opening remarks. Referring to the Summit’s theme, “One Earth”, he highlighted how India’s tenure at the helm has been emblematic of inclusivity. According to Mr. Modi, the G20 has now resonated with the broader Indian populace, transforming it into a people’s movement in the country.
Furthermore, the Indian Premier took the opportunity to address global challenges and the need for united efforts. In a world marred by a trust deficit, he urged nations to foster a culture of trust and collaboration. Highlighting the range of current global challenges – from food and fuel management, cyber security, terrorism, to health, energy, and water security – Mr. Modi asserted that finding robust solutions is imperative for the welfare of future generations.
Emphasizing the necessity for a new direction in the 21st century, he propounded a human-centric approach to resolve longstanding issues. Addressing recent global events, the Prime Minister extended his condolences for the tragic earthquake in Morocco. Assuring his prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured, he pledged India’s readiness to provide any necessary assistance to Morocco during this challenging period.
The G20 Summit’s first day saw a packed schedule with two main sessions titled “One Earth” and “One Family”. Additionally, multiple bilateral meetings with countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and Italy are on the docket.
Today’s proceedings also include a working lunch hosted by Prime Minister Modi and a state dinner orchestrated by President Droupadi Murmu. President Murmu, on her part, welcomed all attending dignitaries through a heartfelt social media post. She accentuated India’s G20 Presidency theme, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future’, depicting a vision for a globally inclusive future.