Were encouraging circular economy, PM Modi at G20 Summit

Andrew Cummings
November 23, 2020

The first meeting of the "gau cabinet", said to be the first such body in the country which will have the chief minister among its members, was held on Sunday at a cow sanctuary.

Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic was the biggest challenge the world had faced since World War II, Modi called for decisive action by the G20, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but focussing on preserving planet Earth as people are trustees of humanity's future.

In a recorded message at a G-20 summit side event - "Safeguarding the Planet: The Circular Carbon Economy Approach", Mr. Modi said climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. "This would not only enhance dignity of citizens but would make our citizens more resilient to face crises", the prime minister said. Following this vision, based on its competence and dependability, India will become an important and reliable pillar of the world economy and global supply chains, he said.

India was earlier slated to host the summit in 2022 with the Osaka declaration of the G20 stating previous year that "we look forward to meeting again in Saudi Arabia in 2020, in Italy in 2021 and in India in 2022". The benchmark for this principle could be a "Per Capita Carbon Footprint", he told leaders.

With "work from anywhere" becoming a new normal in the post-Covid-19 world, the PM also suggested creation of a G20 Virtual Secretariat as a follow up and documentation repository.

A number of COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in advanced phases of trial. "We recognize the role of extensive immunization as a global public good".

Guterres called on more G20 nations to join COVAX, an global initiative to distribute the vaccines to countries worldwide.

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