ANI Photo | “There will discussion on ways to speed up progress on SDGs during P20 Summit:” OM Birla

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said that there will be a discussion on ways to speed up progress on Sustainable Development Goals during the P20 Summit, scheduled to take place on October 13 and 14.
Birla, while speaking to ANI, said that there was consensus for the New Delhi G20 Leader’s Declaration and the P20 Summit will also deliberate how global challenges can be addressed through the Declaration.
“In a democracy, discussion, debate and working through collaboration is a must ..on this basis, in the coming time, the P20 Summit also will provide a new approach to the world. India is the world’s biggest democracy. Current issues of the world and the country will be discussed at the P20 Summit. Discussions on SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) will be done in the P20 Summit,” he said.
He further said, “There was a consensus in the UN that all the countries should work equitably on the Sustainable Development Goals and also make action plans based on their physical and economic resources so that in the coming time, all the countries can achieve the 17 goals regarding poverty, education, health and how we can achieve our goals with a holistic approach to achieve it by 2030.”
The Parliament-20 meeting of the presiding officers of the G20 nations – where presiding officers of 25 countries and 10 Deputy Speakers from the G20 member nations and invitee countries are expected to attend – will be held at the Yashobhoomi, the India International Convention and Expo Centre at Delhi’s Dwarka between October 13 and 14.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the P20 on October 13 in the national capital.
The Lok Sabha Speaker further expressed hope that the P20 will collectively come together on a parliamentary forum and give a unique perspective, considering the entire world as a family.
“Since P20 is also a platform of the G20 countries. I hope that even in P20, we will collectively come together on a parliamentary forum and give a unique perspective, considering the whole world as a family, following the culture of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam… I hope that P20 will give a positive direction to the discussion on all these issues,” he added.
Birla said that there was consensus for the New Delhi G20 Leader’s Declaration and the P20 Summit will also deliberate how global challenges can be addressed through the Declaration.
The Speaker said there will also be a comprehensive discussion on “digital” transformation.
“The theme of the P20 Summit is One Earth, One Family, One Future and how the Parliaments of G20 and the invited countries of G20 will discuss these topics. We will discuss, communicate and create consensus within our MPs, give a new perspective, and if necessary, make laws so that we can fulfil the vision of a better future that we have imagined and for this, the MPs of the country have an important contribution. There is going to be a comprehensive discussion on the subject of ‘Digital’ in our P20. Today you can see the transparency in the government. To bring accountability, we have implemented DBT and while making many laws, we have used digital as much as possible. The more digital is used, the more transparency will be achieved,” he said.
Apart from G-20 countries, 10 other countries and international organizations will participate in the Summit.
There will be four high-level sessions during the P20 Summit: Accelerating SDGs, Sustainable Energy Transition, Women-led Development and Transformation in People’s Lives through Public Digital Platforms.
These sessions will bring together G-20 members and guest countries for wide-ranging discussions on “how Parliaments can effectively advance the objectives of the P-20”.
The Summit will conclude with a joint statement urging G-20 governments to provide solutions to the major global challenges based on equality, inclusivity and peace.
A Parliamentary Forum on LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) will be organized before the Summit on October 12.
An exhibition ‘Mother of Democracy’ will also be organized during the summit to highlight India’s ancient and participatory democratic traditions.
The summit will be held in the newly-constructed India International Convention and Expo Center (IICC), Yashobhoomi, Dwarka in the national capital

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