Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the need of the hour is to show concrete and collective resolve to ensure peace, harmony and security in the world.
Speaking during the first working session of the G20 Summit on the issue of Food and Energy Security in Bali, Indonesia, he added that climate change, Covid-19 pandemic, the developments in Ukraine and the global problems associated with it have caused havoc in the world and the global supply chains are in ruins.
Earlier, Modi met his United Kingdom counterpart Rishi Sunak for the first time after the latter had assumed office on the sidelines of the 17th edition of the G20 Summit.
Modi also interacted with US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and others. On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to have several bilateral interactions with the G20 leaders to brief them on India's evolving G20 priorities.
He attended the G20 dinner this evening hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali. Sources said Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged courtesies at the conclusion of the dinner.
This is the first time Modi and Sunak have met face-to-face. In October, they spoke on the phone and emphasised the importance of an early conclusion of "a balanced and comprehensive" Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
Earlier today, PM Modi reiterated India's long-standing position in favour of dialogue and diplomacy in Ukraine and said "we have to find a way to return to the path of the ceasefire" in Kyiv.
"I have repeatedly said that we have to find a way to return to the path of ceasefire and diplomacy in Ukraine," PM said.
"Over the past century, the Second World War wreaked havoc in the world. After that, the leaders of that time made a serious effort to take the path of peace. Now it's our turn. The onus of creating a new world order for the post-Covid period lies on our shoulders. The need of the hour is to show concrete and collective resolve to ensure peace, harmony and security in the world," he added.
Referring to India as the "holy land of Buddha and Gandhi" PM Modi said that he is confident that in the next year during India’s G20 presidency, they will all agree to convey a strong message of peace to the world.
PM Modi started his speech by congratulating Indonesia for giving effective leadership to the G-20 in a challenging global environment. He further said that Climate change, the Covid pandemic, the developments in Ukraine, and the global problems associated with it have created havoc in the world.
"Global supply chains are in ruins. There is a crisis of essentials and essential goods all over the world. The challenge for the poor citizens of every country is more severe. Everyday life was already a struggle for them. They do not have the financial capacity to deal with the double whammy. Due to the double whammy, they lack the financial capacity to handle it. We should also not hesitate to acknowledge that multilateral institutions such as the UN have been unsuccessful on these issues. And we have all failed to make suitable reforms to them. Therefore, today the world has greater expectations from the G20, and the relevance of our group has become more significant," PM Modi added.
Talking about the problems during the pandemic situation, PM said that India had ensured the food security of its 1.3 billion citizens. At the same time, food grains were also supplied to many countries in need. The current shortage of fertilizers in terms of food security is also a huge crisis.
He further said that the fertilizer shortage "is tomorrow's food crisis," and the world will not have a solution.
PM Modi said that all the G20 countries have to build mutual agreement to maintain the supply chain of both manure and food grains stable and assured.
"In India, for sustainable food security, we are 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 Millets with great enthusiasm next year," he added.