G20 in Rome: A weekend of high-wire global diplomacy

ROME: P for People, Planet and Prosperity – with this triple-P mantra, the G20 summit of the world’s wealthiest nations will kick off in Rome on October 30 for an extended weekend of high-wire diplomacy that will impinge on the future trajectory of the post-Covid world.

Some heavy-hitters among the world leaders won’t be physically present at the Rome summit, but will join in through the video-link. The conspicuous absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will not impact the outcomes of the summit which will revolve around combating coronavirus, climate change and accelerating global economic recovery.

Ahead of the summit, Rome’s EUR district has become security ‘red zone,’ with Rome security chiefs sealing off a 10-square kilometre area of the capital’s EUR district ahead of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit taking place at the Nuvola Congress Centre on October 20-31.

For the next three days, the “eternal city” will be blanketed under “maximum security”, with a “red zone” around the Nuvola and the media centre at the nearby Palazzo dei Congressi, with the buildings connected by a shuttle service via a protected corridor.

Rome’s airspace will be monitored by the army and there will be maximum security around the Hotel Rome Cavalieri A Waldorf Astoria, reported Wanted in Rome, an Italian magazine.

Italian PM Mario Draghi will welcome world leaders to Rome, including US President Joe Biden, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UK prime minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel.

The G20 summit will be crucial for saving the planet from the scourge of global warming and will set the stage for the United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow on October 31.

India’s agenda: Modi in Rome

With India achieving the milestone of one billion vaccinations and India’s economy growing at a healthy pace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Rome on October 29 an extended weekend of intense diplomacy, which also includes a pitstop at Glasgow for the global climate summit conference.

The key focus areas of the summit will include: (i) Recovery from the Pandemic and Strengthening of Global Health Governance, (ii) Economic Recovery and Resilience, (iii) Climate Change and Energy Transition, and (iv)Sustainable Development and Food Security.

“This will be the 8th G-20 Summit that Prime Minister would be attending. The G-20 has emerged as the premier global forum for international economic cooperation. India is scheduled to host the G-20 Summit in 2023 for the first time,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Mr Modi will pitch for concerted international action to expedite global economic recovery and effective multilateralism to address cross-cutting international challenges. This year’s G20 summit is especially significant for New Delhi as India will be part of the G20 troika and take over the presidency of G20 in November 2022 as it gears up to host its first G20 summit in 2023.

 G20 leaders in Rome: Who is attending…

Italian premier Mario Draghi will welcome world leaders to Rome, starting October 29.

US President Joe Biden

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson,

French President Emmanuel Macron,

German chancellor Angela Merkel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

European Council president Charles Michel

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Manish Chand is Founder-CEO and Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) and India and World, a pioneering magazine focused on international affairs. He is CEO/Director of TGII Media Private Limited, an India-based media, publishing, research and consultancy company.