Prime Minister Modi Extends Warm Welcome to G20 Leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended a warm welcome to the heads of delegations from more than a dozen nations, guest countries, and international organizations at the summit venue in New Delhi, marking the commencement of the 18th G20 Summit. At the Bharat Mandapam convention center in Pragati Maidan, PM Modi welcomed Director IMF Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank President Ajay Banga, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Source: Arindam Bagchi

Global Leaders Gather at Bharat Mandapam

The Prime Minister also welcomed his heads of state from South Africa, Turkey, the UK, and from other countries. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and US President Joe Biden reach the state-of-the-art venue.

Source: Press Trust of India

Behind the name ‘Bharat Mandapam’ of the International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) complex, there is the inspiration of ‘Anubhav Mandapam’ of Bhagwan Basaveshwara. Modi earlier said, “This is a beautiful gift by us Indians to our democracy as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence.”

Leaders Declaration on the Horizon

After the G20, a Leaders Declaration will be adopted at the conclusion of the New Delhi Summit. India’s G20 Presidency theme is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future’. It is a global roadmap for sustainable, inclusive, and human-centric development. During the G20 presidency, India has focused on various issues like inclusive growth, digital innovation, climate resilience, and equitable global health access. By leveraging its presidency, India is fostering collaborative solutions that benefit its own population and contribute to the broader global well-being.

The summit is being attended by over 30 heads of state and top officials from the European Union and invited guest countries and 14 heads of international organisations.

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