New Delhi: Prime Minister of India, H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi visited to Rome, Italy and Glasgow, United Kingdom from 29 October 2021 to 2 November 2021 to attend the 16th G-20 Summit and the World Leaders’ Summit of COP-26 respectively.
Prime Minister Modi participated in the 16th G-20 Summit in Rome from 30-31 October 2021 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Italy, H.E. Mr. Mario Draghi. The Summit was attended by Heads of State / Government of G-20 Member Countries, the European Union, and other invited countries and International Organizations.
This was the 8th G-20 Summit that Prime Minister would be attending. The G-20 has emerged as the premier global forum for international economic cooperation. India is scheduled to host the G-20 Summit in 2023 for the first time. The forthcoming Summit under the Italian Presidency is centred around the theme ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’, focussing on the areas of (i) Recovery from the Pandemic and Strengthening of Global Health Governance, (ii) Economic Recovery and Resilience, (iii) Climate Change and Energy Transition, and (iv) Sustainable Development and Food Security.
Prime Minister Modi holds several bilateral meetings, including with the Prime Minister of Italy, H.E. Mr. Mario Draghi.
Prime Minister Modi was travelled to Glasgow to attend the World Leader’s Summit of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the UK, H.E. Mr. Boris Johnson. COP-26 was held from 31 October 2021 to 12 November 2021 under the Presidency of the UK partnering with Italy. The high-level segment of COP-26, titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS), held on 1-2 November 2021. The Summit was attended by Heads of State/Government of more than 120 countries. COP-26 was originally slated to be held in 2020, but was deferred to 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UNFCCC embodies the global will and vision to combat climate change. The periodic Conference of Parties to this Convention have emerged as global climate summits, providing an opportunity for stocktaking and for charting the way forward. Prime Minister Modi last attended the COP-21 in Paris in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was concluded, and whose implementation commences this year. At COP-26, the Parties worked to achieve the completion of Paris Agreement implementation guidelines; the mobilization of climate finance; actions to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer; and keeping in reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting the rise in global temperatures.
Prime Minister Modi was holding numerous bilateral meetings on the sidelines of COP-26, including with the Prime Minister of the UK, H.E. Mr. Boris Johnson.