India’s G20 Presidency: Modi calls for unity to fight climate change, terrorism and pandemics

The world must cooperate to address the biggest challenges of climate change, terrorism and pandemics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said thursday India began her one-year G20 presidency.

The conflict in Ukraine, which began with the Russian invasion in February, dominated for two days. G20 summit in Indonesia. last month, to the dismay of some members who wanted to draw more attention to global economic issues.

“Today we do not need to fight for our survival – our era should not be an era of wars. In fact, this should not be the case,” Modi said in a statement released to Indian newspapers on the occasion of the start of the G20 presidency.

“Today, the biggest challenges we face – climate change, terrorism and pandemics – can be solved without fighting each other, but only by acting together.”

His comment about the war echoed a remark he made to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a regional conference in September when he told him: now is not the time for warwhich is widely interpreted as a mild rebuke for what Russia calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Modi said in a statement on Thursday that India will seek to depoliticize the global supply of food, fertilizer and medical supplies so that geopolitical tensions do not lead to global disruptions.

“Just like in our own families, those with the greatest needs should always be our first concern,” Modi said.

G20 members agreed at a summit last month on the Indonesian island of Bali to continue efforts to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 Celsius, including accelerating efforts to phase out coal use.

India, the world’s second-largest coal consumer, has said it will prioritize phasing in cleaner fuels and reducing household consumption to achieve zero emissions by 2070 and meet its decarbonization commitment.

“Our G20 priorities will be shaped in consultation not only with our G20 partners, but also with our fellow travelers in the global South, whose voice often goes unheard,” Modi said.

“We will encourage honest conversation among the most powerful countries about reducing the risks associated with weapons of mass destruction and strengthening global security.”