India's energy-security is also important for global growth: PM Modi at G20

India's energy-security is also important for global growth: PM Modi at G20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a high-level visit to Indonesia, addressed the first working session on food and energy security at the G20 Summit in Bali today.

Speaking at the Session I on Food and Energy Security, PM Modi addressed several of the critical issues (including food security, energy security, among others) faced in today's date and context.

"At the G20 Summit this morning, I spoke at the session on Food and Energy Security. Highlighted India's efforts to further food security for our citizens. Also spoke about the need to ensure adequate supply chain as far as food and fertilisers are concerned," PM Modi said.

Another critical issue raised by PM Modi during his speech was the conflict in Ukraine. Emphasizing the need to return to the path of peace and diplomacy in Ukraine, PM Modi urged the world leaders to show concrete and collective resolve to ensure peace, harmony, and security.

"The need of the hour is to show concrete and collective resolve to ensure peace, harmony, and security in the world. I am confident that next year when the G20 meets in the holy land of Buddha and Gandhi, we will all agree to convey a strong message of peace to the world," PM Modi added.

Of the several topics addressed during his speech, the Prime Minister also stressed the urgent need to build mutual agreement to maintain the supply chain of both manure and food grains stable, as any uncertainty could create havoc like a food crisis, for which the world will not have a solution. PM highlighted that, for sustainable food security, India is promoting natural farming and re-popularising nutritious and traditional foodgrains like millets. "Millets can also solve global malnutrition and hunger. "We all must celebrate the International Year of Millet with great enthusiasm next year."

On India's energy-security, PM Modi remarked, "Energy Security is also important for global growth. We must not promote any restrictions on the supply of energy and stability in the energy market should be ensured. India is committed to clean energy and environment. By 2030, half of our electricity will be generated from renewable sources."

Further, referring to India’s G20 commitment, PM Modi said, "During India's G-20 Presidency, we will work for global consensus on all of these issues." Elaborating on the same, PM Modi earlier asserted that India's G20 Presidency will underline the message of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', i.e., the message of equitable growth and a shared future for all.

During the address, PM Modi also highlighted the growing responsibility of G20, amidst the global geo-political situation. He asserted that multilateral institutions such as the UN failed to address the grim issues faced in today's context, and therefore the world has greater expectations from the G-20. "The relevance of our group has become more significant," PM Modi added.

Along with attending the first working session on Day 1 of his Bali visit, PM Modi also attended several high-level bilateral engagements.

On the sidelines of the summit, PM Modi also held discussions with several of his G20 counterparts on wide range of issues, including bilateral discussion with US President Joe Biden. On the margins of the summit, PM Modi also had a first-in-person meeting with the newly elected UK PM Rishi Sunak after the latter took charge on October 25.

Elaborating on the details of PM Modi's meeting with US President Joe Biden on the margins of the summit, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "A useful exchange between PM Narendra Modi and POTUS Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G20 Bali Summit. Leaders appreciated the continuing deepening of the IND-US Strategic Partnership and the close cooperation in groups like Quad, I2U2, etc. Agreed to maintain close coordination during the G20 in India."

"The two leaders discussed topical global and regional developments," the Ministry of External Affairs added.

Apart from his interactions with the US and UK chairships, PM Modi also met French President Emmanuel Macron, PM of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, World Bank President David Malpass, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the President of Senegal and Chairman of the African Union, Macky Sall.

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