PM to Address Climate Change Issue in G20 World Leaders Meet in Rome

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he will hold discussions on global economic and health recovery from the pandemic in Rome and that he will highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues, including equitable distribution of carbon space, in Glasgow, ahead of his visit to Italy and the United Kingdom for the G20 meeting and the COP-26 World Leaders’ Summit.

Modi will travel to Rome and the Vatican City on the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi from October 29 to October 31, and then to Glasgow, United Kingdom, from November 1-2 on the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister stated that he will speak about the current catastrophic climate change scenario that the world is experiencing.

“I will attend the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome, where I will participate in discussions on global economic and health recovery from the pandemic, sustainable development, and climate change with other G20 leaders,” Modi said, noting that this will be the G20’s first in-person summit since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference, he said, will allow the G20 to assess the present global situation and discuss ideas on how the grouping can increase economic resilience and rebuild inclusively and sustainably following the epidemic. “During my travel to Italy, I will also pay a visit to the Vatican City to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State,” Modi added.

The prime minister said he will meet with leaders of other partner countries on the sidelines of the G20 Summit to discuss the status of India’s bilateral relations with them.

Modi stated he will leave for Glasgow after the G20 Summit on October 31 to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26).

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