Indian PM calls for new Global Index in post-pandemic era at G20 summit

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-22 12:33:55|Editor: huaxia

NEW DELHI, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a new Global Index for the post-Corona world, featuring elements including creation of a vast talent pool, ensuring technology reached all segments of the society, transparency in governance systems, and dealing with mother Earth with a spirit of trusteeship at the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

"Based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world," said Modi on Saturday.

In his opening remarks at the summit, Modi called for decisive action by G20, not only limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but to focus on preserving the planet Earth, as according to him, "all of us are trustees of humanity's future."

The COVID-19 pandemic was an important turning point in the history of humanity, and the biggest challenge the world was facing since World War II, Modi said.

Convened by Saudi Arabia, the 15th G20 Leaders' Summit is being held on Nov. 21-22.

Conducted in a virtual format, the summit centered on the theme "Realizing Opportunities of 21st Century for All" which has assumed greater importance in the wake of the ongoing pandemic.

The agenda of the summit is spread out over two sessions on overcoming the pandemic, economic recovery and restoring jobs, and building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

Besides, there are also side events planned on the two days on pandemic preparedness and on safeguarding the planet.

The summit continues on Sunday, culminating in the adoption of the Leaders' Declaration and with Saudi Arabia passing on the presidency to Italy. Enditem