The Prime Minister is visiting Rome and Glasgow to participate in G20 Leaders’ Summit and COP-26 Conference respectively

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his departure statement ahead of his visit to Rome and Glasgow, on Thursday said global economic and health recovery from the pandemic, sustainable development and climate change will be the agenda of discussion at the 16th G20 Leaders’ Summit.

Prime Minister Modi, who will be visiting Italy from October 29 to 31 to attend the G20 Summit, said this will be the first in-person Summit of the G20 since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.

The Summit “will allow us to take stock of the current global situation and exchange ideas on how the G20 can be an engine for strengthening economic resilience and building back inclusively and sustainably from the pandemic,” the Prime Minister said in his departure statement.

During his visit to Italy, the Prime Minister will also visit the Vatican City, to call on Pope Francis and meet Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Modi will also meet with leaders of other partner countries and review the progress in India’s bilateral relations with them.

Prime Minister Modi is visiting Rome at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

In the second and final leg of his two countries’ visit, Prime Minister Modi will travel to Glasgow in the UK to attend the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

While participating in the high-level segment of the COP-26 conference titled ‘World Leaders’ Summit’ on November 1-2, the Prime Minister highlight the need to comprehensively address climate change issues including equitable distribution of carbon space, support for mitigation and adaptation and resilience building measures, mobilization of finance, technology transfer and importance of sustainable lifestyles for green and inclusive growth.

As many as 120 heads of states and governments from around the world are attending the COP-26 conference in Glasgow.

“In line with our tradition of living in harmony with nature and culture of deep respect for the planet, we are taking ambitious action on expanding clean & renewable energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and biodiversity,” the Prime Minister said.

He added that today, India is creating new records in collective effort for climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience and forging multilateral alliances.

“India is among the top countries in the world in terms of installed renewable energy, wind and solar energy capacity. At the WLS, I will share India’s excellent track record on climate action and our achievements,” Modi added.

The COP26 Summit will also provide an opportunity to meet with all the stakeholders including leaders of partner countries, innovators and Inter-Governmental Organization and explore the possibilities for further accelerating our clean growth.