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At G20, PM focuses on green policies | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The 15th G20 summit on Saturday saw PM Narendra Modi calling for a new Global Index for the post-corona world which would incorporate a strong emphasis on respecting nature with a spirit of trusteeship with “Mother Earth”.
The three other key elements outlined by the PM are creation of a vast talent pool, ensuring technology reaches all segments of society and transparency in governance.
The trusteeship concept is interesting as it indicates a greater focus on green policies and may reflect on India’s positions in climate change negotiations with the US expected to re-enter the discussions under Joe Biden.
Addressing the summit, which was held virtually under the Saudi presidency and focused on handling economic challenges emerging from the pandemic, Modi described Covid-19 as the biggest challenge the world was facing since World War II and an important turning point in the history of humanity.
Modi called for decisive action by G-20, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but to focus on “preserving Planet Earth”.
The PM underscored that in the past few decades, while there had been an emphasis on capital and finance, the time had come to focus on “multi-skilling and re-skilling” to create a vast human talent pool.
“This would not only enhance the dignity of citizens but would make our citizens more resilient to face crises,” said Modi, adding that any assessment of new technology should be based on its impact on ease of living and quality of life.
“He called for greater transparency in governance systems which will inspire our citizens to deal with shared challenges and enhance their confidence. He also said that dealing with environment and nature as trustees rather than owners will inspire us towards a holistic and healthy lifestyle, a principle whose benchmark could be a per capita carbon footprint,” said the government in a statement.
Noting that “Work from Anywhere” is the new normal in the post-Covid world, he also suggested the creation of a G-20 virtual secretariat as a follow-up and documentation repository.
The ongoing summit is the second G-20 leaders’ meeting in 2020. Following the telephonic conversation between PM and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, the last G-20 summit was held in March 2020, where the leaders looked to forge a global coordinated response to the pandemic.
The focus of the summit now is on ensuring an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery from Covid-19. During the summit, the leaders will discuss pandemic preparedness and ways and means to restore jobs.

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