India begins G-20 presidency with pledge to promote universal sense of oneness

"India’s Presidency of the G20 is here!" declared the official Twitter account of India's G-20 Presidency on Thursday. "Thank you Indonesia for your stewardship of the grouping over the last year," it statement said.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially handed over the G-20 presidency to India during the bloc's Nov. 15-16 summit on Indonesia's Bali island.

Modi said in a statement issued by his office on Thursday that the previous 17 G-20 presidencies produced significant results and that he "will benefit from these achievements, and build further upon them."

He added that the presidency would “work to promote this universal sense of one-ness."

Last month, the prime minister unveiled the logo, theme, and website for India’s G-20 Presidency.

"Today, we do not need to fight for our survival - our era need not be one of war. Indeed, it must not be one!" he stated, adding that "today, the greatest challenges we face - climate change, terrorism, and pandemics - can be solved not by fighting each other, but only by acting together."

The prime minister said India is the world’s fastest-growing large economy and that the country’s agenda for the bloc will be "inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive."

"Our citizen-centric governance model takes care of even our most marginalized citizens while nurturing the creative genius of our talented youth," he added.

Modi noted that "we will encourage an honest conversation" among the most powerful countries "on mitigating risks posed by weapons of mass destruction and enhancing global security."

The G-20 is a strategic multilateral platform that connects the world's major developed and emerging economies, which account for more than 80% of global GDP, 75% of international trade, and 60% of the world population.

Local media reported that the country will host up to 200 meetings across the country over the next year during its tenure. The G-20 Summit will be held in the national capital New Delhi in September of next year.

New Delhi Television said 100 monuments across the country, including UNESCO world heritage sites, will be lit up with the G-20 logo for a week.

Source: Anadolu Agency