New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to the capital on Wednesday morning after a five-day visit that took him to Rome for the 16th G20 Summit and to Glasgow for the COP26 World Leaders Summit.
He was in Rome, Italy, from October 30-31 for the G20 Summit at the invitation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and in Glasgow from November 1-2 for the COP26 at the invitation of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
At the G20, the Prime Minister enunciated India’s concept of One Earth One Health, an international collaborative effort to combat Covid-19, and invited G20 countries to make India are a partner in the economic recovery and supply chain diversification.
In his intervention in the session on Climate Change and Environment, the Prime Minister proposed three actionable points before the G20 partners, including setting up of a Green Energy Projects Fund, to be used for countries where the peaking has not been reached yet.
He also held bilateral meetings with world leaders, including with Italian PM Mario Draghi, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
He also visited the Vatican and held a one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis and invited him to visit India, which the latter has accepted.
At the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, the Prime Minister in his National Statement said India will reach net zero emission by 2070 and outlined five proposals or Panchamrit to tackle climate change.
He also launched the Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) initiative, which he said will benefit small island developing states, and the solar Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG), along with UK PM Johnson.
He also held a bilateral with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
He met enthusiastic Indian community members and Indologists at both places.