Health Is Integral Part Of G20 Agenda: MoS Bharati Pravin Pawar

Health Is Integral Part Of G20 Agenda: MoS Bharati Pravin Pawar

At the outset of the first Health Working Group meeting taking place in Kerala under India’s G20 Presidency, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar on Wednesday called health an integral part of G20 agenda and said that New Delhi’s chairmanship will aim to build on the efforts and proposals laid down by previous health working groups and G20 leaders.

The MoS also stated during her address that G20 countries have consistently worked to promote coordinated efforts among its members to achieve good and equitable health for all.
“During the once-in-a-century crisis of the pandemic, G20 countries consistently worked for promoting coordinated efforts among its members to achieve good & equitable health for all. Health is an integral part of G20 agenda,” MoS Pawar said during the address at the first G20 Health Working Group meeting in Kerala on Wednesday.

She added further that health became an integral part of the G20 agenda with the establishment of the health working group under the German presidency in 2017 and G20 countries that exhibited commitment to mitigating health emergencies.

“Health became an integral part of the G20 agenda with the establishment of the health working group under the german presidency in 2017 and G20 countries have exhibited a long-standing commitment to mitigating health emergencies ever since the inception of the health working group in 2017,” she said.

We know now that pandemic prevention, preparedness and response require diverse, multistakeholder and multisectoral coordination under the leadership of PM Modi, the minister added.

Bharati Pravin Pawar also stated that India’s presidency will aim to build on previous health working groups’ and G20 leaders’ efforts and proposals, such as strengthening our healthcare systems and prioritising one health.

The first Health Working Group meeting under G20 India Presidency is held from January 18-20 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

In a significant milestone, India assumed the presidency of the G20 on December 1, 2022. India is currently part of the G20 Troika comprising Indonesia, India and Brazil, marking the first time that the troika is consisting of three developing and emerging economies.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Health Track of the G20 India Presidency will comprise four Health Working Group (HWG) Meetings and one Health Ministerial Meeting (HMM). The meetings will be held in different locations across the country including Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Goa, Hyderabad (Telangana) and Gandhinagar (Gujarat), highlighting India’s rich and diverse cultures. (ANI)

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G-20 Summit Will Introduce The World To 'Brand UP': Yogi | Lokmarg

G-20 Summit Will Introduce The World To ‘Brand UP’: Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting, and gave guidelines to the officials for the successful organisation of the G-20 conferences to be chaired by India in the year 2023, as per an official statement.

CM Yogi said that India has been bestowed the honor of presiding over the G-20 group of leading nations of the world under the successful leadership of the respected Prime Minister in the year of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. This global event has brought immense possibilities for Uttar Pradesh.
“This event is a great platform to introduce ‘Brand UP’ to the world. We should make the most out of this global event,” the CM said.

He said different events are proposed to be held in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra, and Greater Noida during the period of one year of G-20 chaired by India.

“According to the Indian spirit of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, preparations should be made to make the event grand in these districts. Everyone will have to make efforts as a team to make this event a standard of cleanliness, beauty, safety and orderliness,” CM Yogi said.

He said that arrangements should be made according to the standard of security of foreign visitors. Necessary arrangements should also be made regarding a medical emergency, traffic, etc. The guests should be introduced to the diverse food cuisines in Uttar Pradesh.

“The cities hosting the G-20 conferences should be given a grand look. Attractive lighting should be arranged at heritage sites of historical and cultural significance in the cities. Pictures depicting the state’s culture should be displayed on the walls on the tour route for the guests. India’s Yoga tradition is being adopted by the whole world today, in such a situation statues can be installed showing different postures of ‘Surya Namaskar’,” CM Yogi advised.

Emphasizing the theme he said that local culture should be made the theme of the event to be held in all four cities. For example, Awadh culture in the capital Lucknow, Braj culture in Agra, Rangotsav, and Ganga culture in Varanasi should be organized as themes, adding, “The guests should be welcomed grandly by showering flowers on their arrival in the state. Take the cooperation of local cultural groups and voluntary organizations.”

“The hosting of G-20 summits is historic. To make it unforgettable and unparalleled, a ‘G-20 Park’ should be established in the capital Lucknow. In this regard, after identifying the place, an action plan should be prepared regarding the outline of the park,” he said.

He further added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given India the name of ‘Mother of Democracy’. Uttar Pradesh has a legacy of rich history.

“Ancient art, culture, history, and archaeological specialties of the state should be compiled and presented on the platform of G-20. The prosperous economy, GDP, industrial development, etc. of the state should also be displayed. The G-20 logo should be used at every event and every correspondence of the state government,” said Yogi.

He said that this conference will be successful in its objectives only with wide public participation. A maximum number of youth should be associated with the G-20 summit.

“Special discussions should be organized on this topic in universities. Exhibition of paintings of young painters of the state should also be organized in all the four cities where the event is being held. Apart from this, book fairs, yoga challenges, craft fairs, and dance and music competitions should be organized at the school level. G-20 branding should be done on local establishments and public vehicles. The three local development authorities should also be involved in organizing the proposed events in Greater Noida,” he added.

CM Yogi said that the hosting of the G-20 is also a good opportunity for upgrading city infrastructure and beautification. The roads on the route on which the delegates have to travel should be arranged according to their needs.

“We have to pay special attention to cleanliness. In the cities where conferences are to be held, a week before the date of the program, a special campaign for cleanliness should be conducted. Efforts should be made to make these cities plastic free. Take the cooperation of public representatives and increase public participation,” the CM said.

CM Yogi said that internet connectivity will play a major role in the successful organization of the G-20 summit. High-speed internet connectivity as per global standards should be available at the venue. Alternative arrangements should also be made. (ANI)

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India Has Become 5th Largest Economy In 2022: Modi In Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the last Mann Ki Baat of the year 2022 and said that this year, the country had become the world’s fifth-largest economy.

“The year 2022 was wonderful, India completed 75 years of Independence while ‘Amrit Kaal’ began. India progressed rapidly and became the world’s fifth-largest economy, and achieved the unbelievable record of 220 crore vaccines and crossed the USD 400 billion mark in exports,” PM Modi said in the 96th edition of Mann Ki Baat, a monthly radio programme of the Prime Minister.
He also talked about the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative of the government and lauded the launch of INS Vikrant.

The commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is a momentous occasion during the ‘Amritkaal’ of India’s 75 years of independence and signifies the country’s confidence and prowess.

This indigenous aircraft carrier is proof of the country’s technical acumen and engineering skills. This demonstration of India’s self-sufficiency to produce an aircraft carrier warship will reinforce the country’s defence indigenisation programmes and the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

INS Vikrant, built at a cost of around Rs 20,000 crore, successfully completed its fourth and final phase of sea trials last month. With the construction of ‘Vikrant’, India has joined a select group of nations having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an aircraft carrier.

The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers.

INS Vikrant has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. The aircraft carrier is 262 metres long, and 62 metres wide and it has a height of 59 metres. Its keel was laid in 2009.

Further in the address, he also underscored the country’s responsibility for chairing the G20 summit this year.

“This year, India has also got the prestigious responsibility of chairing the G20 group. I had also discussed this in detail last time,” he said.

G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation representing around 85 per cent of the global GDP, over 75 per cent of the worldwide trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.

On December 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s agenda for the G20 will be inclusive, ambitious, and action-oriented. In his blog post, PM Modi said India will work to promote a universal sense of oneness and its priorities will be shaped not only in consultation with G20 partners but also with the Global South.

He underlined that the great challenges of today like climate change, terrorism, and pandemics, cannot be solved by fighting each other but by acting together. “India’s G20 agenda will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive,” he wrote.

Citing the theme – ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’, PM Modi said India’s G20 Presidency will work to promote this universal sense of one-ness. “This is not just a slogan. It takes into account recent changes in human circumstances, which we have collectively failed to appreciate,” he said.

Writing for the think tank South-South Research Initiative (SSRI), Farjana Sharmin noted India finally got the opportunity to execute its global vision and grand strategy, and secondly, the South Asian region is going to get benefits through India’s leadership in G-20.

PM Modi also extended his greetings on the occasion of Christmas.

He said: “Today is the day to remember the teachings of Jesus Christ. The festival of Christmas is being celebrated with great fervour all across the world. I extend my heartful greetings to everyone.”

On December 13, PM Modi invited people to share their inputs for this episode of Mann ki Baat and urged them to write on the NaMo App, and MyGov app or record their messages on 1800-11-7800.

Sharing MyGov’s invitation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “2022’s last #MannKiBaat will take place on the 25th of this month. I am eager to receive your input on the programme. I urge you to write on the NaMo App, MyGov or record your message on 1800-11-7800.” (ANI)

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G20 Under India Can Make Progress In Debt Relief, Climate Fund: Gopinath

International Monetary Fund’s First Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath has said under India’s presidency, G20 can make progress in three areas, namely debt relief, cryptocurrency regulations and climate finance.

The IMF official took part in the deliberations at the First G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meet in Bengaluru had tweeted a video clip on a social media website, explaining these areas.

Gopinath on Thursday said, “The first is in the area in debt. We have a large number of low-income countries that are in dire distress. While we have the G20 framework to help with their resolutions, we absolutely need to improve on the strength of their mechanism and get a much more timely resolution. That would be clear progress,” she said.

On cryptocurrency regulations, Gopinath said: “The second is in the area of crypto regulation. After the meltdown that we have seen recently, it is clear that we need internationally-agreed standards on regulations. Progress on that front, being able to accomplish that in 2023 would be a concrete outcome.”

On the subject of climate finance, Gopinath said, “For developing countries to adapt to climate change, to contribute climate mitigation, they will need a much higher financing and that’s the third area where concrete progress could be made.”

The first G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meet saw over 160 foreign delegates including deputies from G20 member countries, invitee countries and international organisations.

This meeting marked the beginning of the G20 Finance Track under the Indian Presidency. Over the course of two days, seven discussion sessions and two side events were organized. The delegates were also given a glimpse of the traditional as well as the contemporary culture of Karnataka through a vivid display of different art forms, the statement said. (ANI)

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India-Russia Summit Not To Take Place This Year

The annual India-Russia summit in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was slated to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to take place this year due to “scheduling issues” sources said.

“Reports of PM Modi not meeting Putin due to nuclear threat is baseless. The meeting is not taking place due to scheduling issues,” sources told ANI.
The annual summit between the Indian Prime Minister and the Russian President is the highest institutionalized dialogue mechanism in the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Several media reports speculated that the annual in-person summit had been cancelled due to the Russian President alleged threats to use nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war.

“The meeting between New Delhi and Moscow is not taking place due to scheduling issues,” the sources said adding that the decision has nothing to do with the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

Since 2000, India and Russia have maintained an annual summit mechanism. The last annual summit was held at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi in December 2021 which Putin attended in person and this year PM Modi was slated to travel to Moscow for the summit.

Due to COVID-19, in-person summits were not held in 2020.

In 2021 PM Modi and Putin held their first 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue and also signed an agreement for the procurement of 6,01,427 assault rifles AK-203 through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, under the military-technical cooperation arrangement for 2021-31. The India-Russia 2+2 Dialogue marked the first 2+2 meeting between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries.

In September this year on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand when the two leaders met for a bilateral meeting, PM Modi told President Putin that this was “not an era of war.” This statement by PM Modi also was cited at the G20 Summit in Indonesia’s Bali.

In November this year, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Moscow and held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in which Jaishankar raised concern about the consequences emanating from the Ukraine conflict that have affected energy and food security around the world.

Holding the press briefing with Lavrov, Jaishankar said he exchanged views on international issues with the Russian side, in which the Ukraine conflict was the dominant feature.

On November 17, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin was received in New Delhi by Vinay Kwatra, India’s Foreign Secretary, and held extensive foreign policy consultations with Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West). Following the talks, India and Russia agreed to “deepen cooperation” on counter-terrorism issues and “enhance bilateral coordination” at the United Nations.

India and Russia have also held wide-ranging discussions on issues on the United Nations Security Council agenda and recent developments, according to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Vershinin congratulated India on its upcoming Presidency of the UN Security Council in December 2022. (ANI)

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Receiving G20 Presidency Is A Huge Opportunity: Modi

Before the start of the Winter Session of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India receiving the G20 Presidency is a huge opportunity.

Addressing media persons before the start of the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament, PM Modi said, “It’s the first day of Winter Session. This session is important because we met before 15th August. 75 years of Independence completed on 15th August and we are going ahead in Azadi ka Amrit Kaal. We are meeting at a time when India has received the opportunity to preside over the G20.”
“The manner in which India has made a space in the global community, the manner in which expectations with India have risen and the manner in which India is increasing its participation on a global platform, at a time like this, India receiving the G20 Presidency is a huge opportunity,” PM Modi said.

“This G20 Summit is not only a diplomatic event, but it is also an opportunity to showcase India’s capability to the world. Such a large country, mother of democracy, such diversity, such capability-it’s an opportunity for the world to know India and for India to show its capability to the world,” he added.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1.

Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year.

It comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US, and the European Union.

The winter session of the Parliament will begin on Wednesday. The session will have a total of 17 working days.

The BJP-led Central government’s agenda for the winter session of Parliament includes 16 new bills. (ANI)

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G20 Presidency Pride Of India, Nor Of A Person Or Party: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, during the all-party meeting, termed India getting the G-20 presidency a “matter of pride” for India, and sought cooperation from all.

“It’s an honour that has come to India and not a party or person. It’s every Indian’s pride. The pride will be for India and therefore we must all work in cooperation,” PM Modi said as per the sources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired an all-party meeting to underscore the significance of India’s presidency of the G20 and brief the leaders about the government’s approach.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the leaders present at the meeting.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were among those present at the meeting which is taking place at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year. (ANI)

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Make Every Indian Part Of G20 Presidency Glory: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with thunderous applause when he arrived at the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Monday afternoon to address a meeting of national office-bearers.

BJP national president JP Nadda lauded the efforts made by the Narendra Modi-led government in ensuring India gets the G20 presidency for the period of an entire year.

Addressing his party colleagues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted what the G20 presidency meant for a country like India. He also instructed the party workers to focus on making this occasion glorious. “Make each and every Indian feel proud of this achievement and make them also a participant of this historic occasion,” sources said quoting Prime Minister Modi.

The sources further said that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, the party is likely to look at organising various events and programmes, with a focus on public participation, to showcase India’s prowess both culturally as well as traditionally.

The first G20 Sherpa meeting under India’s presidency started in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Sunday. This was the first of the 200 such meetings that will take place across 55 cities in India over the next one year.

On Monday evening, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a meeting of all political party presidents has been convened by the government to brief them about India’s G20 presidency. Top political leaders and party presidents, including Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, DMK chief MK Stalin and Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal will be present at the meeting.

India formally assumed the G20 presidency from Indonesia on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year. (ANI)

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India’s G20 Focus On Win-Win Collaboration: Amitabh Kant

G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant on Monday said that India’s G20 Presidency’s focus would be on forging win-win collaborations between developing countries, Global South, and advanced economies.

“Our perspective is that we should have a win-win collaboration between all of us. Developing countries, Global South, and advanced economies,” Kant said during a G20 Sherpa meeting in Udaipur. “We need to build new approaches. This is a unique forum for both the developed world and emerging economies. So we need to build approaches to benefit the world on key issues,” he added.

G20 Sherpa Meeting under India’s Presidency is currently underway, beginning with an overview of India’s issue notes and priorities. Kant said the forum’s first concern should be towards whose need is the greatest. “And therefore, we need to focus on the Global South as well,” he said.

“Our G20 Presidency would seek to advocate the oneness of all in accordance with our theme. One Earth, One Family, and One Future,” he added.

Day two of the G20 India Sherpas Meeting began with a session on Technological Transformation with the working groups on Digital Economy, Health, and Education. Positive and constructive discussions took place with enthusiastic participation from all G20 Sherpas.

“This year G20 organization will provide a strong impetus to innovation and sustainable development powered by digital transformation and Digital Public Infrastructure Digital Public Goods,” Kant tweeted.

The G20 or Group of Twenty (G20) is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

India will host over 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams and would have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience.

G20 Sherpa today interacted with Sherpas of all the Emerging Market Economies (EME). He also and held a productive discussion with the Sherpas G20 Troika comprising India, Brazil, and Indonesia.

As India takes over the Presidency of G20 amid the global crisis, Kant described this period as an “opportunity” and said the host nation will try to do everything possible to be positive and forward-looking.

“There is a lot of crisis in the world including disrupted supply chains, geopolitics, global debt, climate finance, and other challenges. A crisis is an opportunity and this (G20 presidency) is the greatest opportunity we have got,” Kant told ANI.

“We are putting together the agenda and our leadership will be very decisive and action-oriented. We will try and do everything possible to be positive and forward-looking,” he added. (ANI)

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First Time Setting Own Agenda: G20 Sherpa Kant On India’s Presidency

India’s G20 Presidency has come at a time when the world is under political turmoil and there are challenges of geopolitical crisis in Europe, breakdown of supply chains, the situation of climate action, and poverty, said G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant during a panel discussion in Udaipur on Sunday and added that India believes every crisis is an opportunity.

“There’re challenges of geopolitical crisis in Europe, breakdown of supply chains, the crisis of climate action, poverty, inflation & slowdown of global growth. Amid such a crisis India is taking the G20 presidency, we believe every crisis is an opportunity,” Kant said at the first side event of G20, ‘Transforming Lives: Accelerating Implementation of SDGs – A panel discussion’.
He further stated that when there is a surge in inflation and a slowdown of global growth, India is not only taking the G20 presidency but also rolling out its own agenda.

“So far we were getting agendas from the developed world, this is the first time we are setting out our own agenda, and we will tell that we are the mother of democracy,” Kant said.

In an off-the-record media interaction, Kant further highlighted how India played a significant role in Bali as a balancing act in the communique and focussed on economic issues, not geopolitics.

“In Bali, India played a very significant role as a balancing act in the communique where we focussed on economic issues and not on geopolitics. Everybody accepted that, including Russia and China. The PM’s statement “today’s era is not of war” was also a part of that communique,” he said.

Kant said India is taking over the presidency of G20 at a time of crisis and the responsibility is a huge honour.

“India is taking over the presidency of G20 at the time of crisis. But we believe that every crisis is a huge opportunity and actually, leadership is about finding path-breaking solutions in the midst of crisis. And therefore, we strongly believe that we should really accelerate the pace of implementation of sustainable development goals. And that is why today’s discussion is kicking off ..I think this responsibility is a huge honour,” he added.

G20 is the most significant grouping, like the UN, where reaching a consensus can be challenging. It was institutionalized in 2008 after starting in 1999.

Responding to a media query on why Udaipur was being selected for the G20 Sherpa meeting, Kant said, “This is G20’s first meeting. We selected Udaipur because no other tourism destination is better than this. Good infrastructure and peaceful atmosphere. Our PM wants to promote tourism. We want to make Udaipur a global destination.”

Along with G20 Sherpa, Amitabh Kant, the dignitaries who marked their presence during the event were Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women on women-led development, Lakshmi Puri, Member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister on the economic growth for the SDGs, Sanjeev Sanyal, UN Resident Coordinator of India, Shombi Sharp among many others.

Upon their arrival in Udaipur for the first G20 Sherpa Meeting, delegates received a rousing and enthusiastic welcome in the city of lakes. They were welcomed with traditional Indian culture style with folk artists displaying Rajasthani culture and children welcoming the guests. The guests arrived for the first G20 Sherpa Meeting which is being held from December 4-7 and will be presided over by the Indian Sherpa Amitabh Kant.

Various cultural presentations of Rajasthan will be held during evenings from December 4 to 7. Various cultural programmes will be organised by the Tourism Department during evenings from December 4 to 7. On the evening of December 4, world-famous Langa Manganiyar folk artist Ghazi Khan will present a colourful performance at Sheeshmahal of Hotel Leela.

On the second day, the evening of December 5, various folk artists of the state will enthral the foreign guests with the cultural programme “Colours of Rajasthan” at Jagmandir Palace.

On December 1, India formally took over the G20 Presidency for the year 2023 during which time more than 200 meetings will take place in 55 different cities. An intergovernmental meeting of the world’s leading developed and emerging economies, known as the G20 or Group of 20. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union make up this group. (ANI)

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