Over 200 G20-related meetings are scheduled in 60 cities, making it the widest geographical spread in any G20 Presidency
India celebrated a key milestone in its G20 Presidency with the hosting of its 100th G20 meeting, the Meeting of Agriculture Chief Scientists (MACS) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Monday (April 17, 2023).

Additionally, three other important events are taking place in different parts of India. The second Health Working Group meeting is being held in Goa, while the second Digital Economy Working Group meet is taking place in Hyderabad. The Space Economy Leaders' Precursor Meeting is being held in Shillong.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in-person participation during India’s G20 Presidency is among the largest ever. Over 12,300 delegates, from over 110 nationalities have attended G20-related meetings so far. This includes participation from G20 members, 9 invitee countries and 14 international organizations.

As on date, the 100 G20 meetings have been held in 41 cities, covering 28 States and Union Territories, the MEA said.

"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," the MEA added.

India's G20 Presidency commenced on December 1, 2022. The Presidency was handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Bali Summit on November 16, 2022. The current presidency will last until November 30, 2023.

The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom, and United States) and European Union.

"The G20 members represent around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population," the MEA pointed out.

Under India's Presidency, all 13 Sherpa Track Working Groups, 8 Finance Track Workstreams, 11 Engagement Groups, and 4 Initiatives have been actively participating in meaningful discussions. Furthermore, new working groups, engagement groups, and projects have been started, such as the Chief Science Advisers' Roundtable Initiative, the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group, and the Startup 20 Engagement Group.

The 11 Engagement Groups offer a forum for discussion among diverse institutions and sectors, including the commercial sector, academia, civil society, young people, and women, as well as organizations like parliaments, audit agencies, and city administrations.

High-ranking government representatives have participated significantly in each of the G20's three main ministerial meetings, which have been conducted thus far. The first meeting was the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, which took place in Bengaluru on February 24–25, 2023.

The second FMCBG conference took place in Washington, DC, on April 12–13, 2023, and was followed by the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in New Delhi on March 1-2, 2023. In addition, two Sherpa meetings were held in Kumarakom from March 30 to April 2 of 2023 and in Udaipur from December 4 to 7, 2022.

A record number of ministerial-level dignitaries from all delegations attended the FMCBG, FMM, and Sherpa meetings. These sessions resulted in significant outcome documents that showed agreement on a variety of common issues, including the requirement to organize an expert group on MDB changes and debt treatment.

India's current G20 presidency has integrated special events that highlight the nation's rich cultural diversity and welcoming customs. Delegates are being served meals made of millet, and over 7,000 artists are taking part in over 150 activities that showcase regional and national art forms. Cultural performances and trips have also been organized.

Through active public engagement through different Jan Bhagidari events, the G20 Presidency has embraced a whole-nation and whole-society approach.

The substantive discussions during India's G20 Presidency have covered a range of priority areas, including inclusive and resilient growth, progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), green development, lifestyles for the environment (LiFE), technological transformation and public digital infrastructure, reforming multilateral institutions, women-led development, and international peace and harmony.

In the run-up to the G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi on September 9–10, the inclusive, ambitious, action-focused, and decisive agenda of India's G20 Presidency has garnered a tremendous amount of support from G20 Members and guest nations.

The enthusiastic attendance at the G20 meetings held in India is proof that the G20 members and invited guests came together during India's G20 Presidency to work together to address the current global concerns.