New Delhi, Nov 16 (EFE).- India on Wednesday took over the G20 presidency for the coming year, stressing that it would make the grouping “a catalyst for global welfare.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the closing session of the 2022 summit in the Indonesian island resort of Bali, promising that “India’s G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented.”
“In the next one year, it will be our endeavor that G20 works as a global prime mover to give impetus to new ideas and our collective actions,” Modi said.
Earlier, Indonesian President Joko Widodo handed over the G20 presidency to Modi.
The Indian leader said taking over the presidency of the grouping was a matter of pride for every citizen in India.
He said his government would organize G20 meetings in different Indian states and cities during India’s year of the presidency to let the guests experience the Indian cultural and geographical diversity.
“Together, we will make G20 a catalyst for global welfare,” Modi said.
Modi noted that India was taking the G20 responsibility as the world grappled with geo-political tensions, economic slowdown, rising energy prices, and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“At this time, the world is looking at G20 with hope,” he said.
Modi said the ownership of natural resources had become one of the main causes of environmental degradation.
“Trusteeship is the only solution for the secure future of the planet. A lifestyle for the environment will play a great role with the purpose to make sustainable lifestyle a mass movement.”
He said the theme of India’s presidency of G20 will be “One Earth, One Family, One Future.” EFE