As the much anticipated G20 Summit begins at Bharat Mandapam in the national capital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the world's leaders where he welcomed prominent figures, including US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and other dignitaries from across the globe.
In a symbolic gesture, Prime Minister Modi used of 'Bharat' on his G20 Summit plaque, reaffirming it as the official name for India.
Expressing Sympathy for Earthquake in Morocco
Before commencing the formal proceedings, Prime Minister Modi extended his sympathies to those affected by the earthquake in Morocco, saying, "We pray that the injured recover at the earliest. The entire global community stands with the people of Morocco. India welcomes all of you as the president of the G20 Summit."
'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas' as a Global Mantra
On the first day of the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi invoked the mantra of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas, sabka prayas' (Together with all, development for all, trust of all, and the efforts of all) as a guiding principle for the world.
He stated, "The idea of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas, sabka prayas' can be a guide to the world."
Highlighting the inclusive nature of India's G20 presidency, he noted, "India's G20 presidency has become a symbol of inclusion, both inside and outside the country. This has become people's G20 in India, with millions of Indians connected to it. In more than 60 cities across the country, over 200 meetings have taken place. With the sense of 'Sabka Saath,' India had proposed that the African Union be granted permanent membership of G20. I believe that all of us agree to this proposal."
African Union Formally Admitted to G20
In a historic move, PM Modi announced that the G20 had reached a consensus to grant permanent membership to the African Union.
Amid thunderous applause by world leaders, Modi stated, "With support from all of you, I invite the African Union to join G20."
The African Union formally took its seat as a new member of the G20, marking a significant milestone in international cooperation.
A New Direction for the 21st Century
Addressing the global challenges of the 21st century, PM Modi emphasized the need to show the world a new direction.
He stated, "The 21st century is an important time to show the world a new direction. New challenges seek new solutions from us, and that's why we should move ahead while fulfilling our responsibilities with a human-centric approach."
Mitigating Global Trust Deficit
Prime Minister Modi highlighted the importance of mitigating the global trust deficit into trust.
He said, "If we can defeat COVID-19, we can also triumph over the trust deficit. Time to transform global trust deficit, into atmosphere of trust and confidence:"
He emphasized the significance of fostering an atmosphere of trust and confidence among nations.
India's Role as G20 President
India assumed the G20 presidency on December 1 the previous year and organized approximately 200 meetings related to the G20 in 60 cities across the nation. Prime Minister Modi extended a warm welcome to several world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Premier of the People's Republic of China Li Qiang, and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saudi.
PM Modi's address at the G20 Summit showcased India's commitment to inclusivity, cooperation, and finding innovative solutions to global challenges. The invitation extended to the African Union to join the G20 marked a significant step toward strengthening international collaboration and fostering trust among nations. As the G20 Summit progresses, world leaders gather in Bharat Mandapam to chart a new course for the 21st century, guided by the principles of unity and collective action.