PM Modi to visit Italy, UK to attend G-20 and COP-26 meetings

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New Delhi, 24 October: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Rome (Italy) and Glasgow (UK) from October 29 to November 2 to attend the 16th World Leaders’ Conference of the G-20 and the Forum on Climate Change, COP-26.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister Modi will attend the 16th G20 Summit in Rome from October 30-31 at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

However, the summit will be attended by heads of state and international organizations from G-20 member states, the European Union and other invited countries. This will be the 8th G20 summit, in which the Prime Minister will participate.

During this, Prime Minister Modi will also hold several bilateral meetings including the Prime Minister of Italy.

The G20 is the leading global forum for international economic cooperation. India is going to host the G-20 summit for the first time in 2023. The upcoming summit under Italy’s presidency is centred on the theme ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’. It will discuss topics such as recovery from the pandemic and strengthening the global health system, economic recovery and resilience, climate change and energy transition and sustainable development as well as food security.

Thereafter, at the invitation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Modi will travel to Glasgow to attend the ‘World Leaders Summit’ of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP-26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), according to the ministry.

COP-26 is being organized from October 31 to November 12 in partnership with Italy, headed by the UK.

The high-level segment of COP-26 i.e. the World Leaders Summit will be held on November 1-2. Heads of state and government of more than 120 countries will participate in the summit. Cop-26 was earlier scheduled to be held in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 in view of the Corona pandemic.

The UNFCCC is a symbol of global will and vision to tackle climate change. The Prime Minister last participated in Cop-21 in Paris in 2015. During that time the Paris Agreement was concluded, the implementation of which has started this year.

In COP-26, the various parties will work on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition, the conference will build financial resources to combat climate change, action to strengthen climate adaptation, technology development and transfer, and strong strategies to reach the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming.

The Prime Minister will hold several bilateral meetings during COP-26, including meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.