The opening statements of the G20 Summit in Delhi were made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 9. ‘Bharat’ was written on the nameplate that the Prime Minister used to deliver the opening remarks at the G20 conference. 

This happened a few days after the summit dinner invitations were sent out in the name of the “President of Bharat,” sparking suspicions that the formal use of the nation’s English name would be discontinued.

In his address at Session-1 on ‘One Earth’ during the G20 Summit being hosted under India’s Presidency, PM Modi urged world leaders to overcome the “trust deficit” caused by war. “If we can defeat Covid, we can also triumph over the trust deficit caused by the war,” PM Modi said at the G20 Summit.

During Session 1 of the G20 Summit, which was held during India’s Presidency, PM Modi encouraged world leaders to overcome the “trust deficit” brought on by conflict. 

Prime Minister Modi said that the 21st century is an important time to show the world a new direction. “This is the time when old problems are seeking new solutions from us and that is why we should move ahead fulfilling our responsibilities with a human-centric approach…If we can defeat COVID-19, we can also triumph over the trust deficit caused by the war.

He also added “This is the time for all of us to move together. In this time, the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ can be the torch bearer for us. Be it the divide between North and South, the distance between East and West, management of food and fuel, terrorism, cyber security, health, energy or water security, we will have to find a solid solution to this for future generations.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the African Union (AU) has been given permanent participation in the Group of 20 largest economies (G20) in the world during the opening session of the two-day G20 Summit. This statement heralded the AU’s admission as a new member of this important international association, which consists of 55 countries, as reported by PTI.

Before the start of the proceedings of the G20 Summit, PM Modi offered condolences over the loss of lives due to an earthquake in Morocco. PM Modi said, “We pray that all injured recover at the earliest. India is ready to offer all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult time.”

PM Modi met the visiting leaders while the Konark Wheel from Odisha served as the backdrop. During King Narasimhadeva I’s rule in the 13th century, the Konark wheel was constructed. India’s national flag, which includes a wheel with 24 spokes, represents the country’s ancient knowledge, highly developed civilization, and exceptional architectural talent.

The slogan for this year’s G20 Summit, which is being hosted by India, is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which translates to “One Earth One Family One Future.” Notably, on December 1 of last year, India took over as G20 President.

After taking over the G20 presidency on December 1, India convened almost 200 G20-related meetings across the nation to discuss a number of its top priorities. The G20 member nations account for over two-thirds of the global population, over 75% of global commerce, and nearly 85% of the world’s GDP. The G20 grouping includes the following nations in addition to the African Union: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US, and the European Union (EU).