G20 Summit 2023: Delhi is prepared to host
G20 Summit 2023: Delhi is preparing to host the mega event. It is gearing up to host the prestigious G20 summit from September 8 to 10, placing a strong emphasis on showcasing its rich culture and cuisine to world leaders.
The 18th G20 Summit in New Delhi will be a culmination of all the G20 processes and meetings held throughout the year among ministers, senior officials, and civil societies. A G20 Leaders’ Declaration will be adopted at the conclusion of the G20 Summit, stating Leaders’ commitment towards the priorities discussed and agreed upon during the respective ministerial and working group meetings.
The nation’s capital, New Delhi, has undergone a significant makeover in preparation for this event. To ensure smooth proceedings, educational institutions and offices will be temporarily closed, and traffic restrictions will be implemented to facilitate the smooth movement of delegation carcades.
PK Mishra, the principal secretary to the Prime Minister, recently presided over a meeting of the G20 Coordination Committee. During the meeting, arrangements for the Leaders’ Summit were thoroughly reviewed and fine-tuned. Senior officials from various government departments, including external affairs, home affairs, culture, information and broadcasting, and the Department of Telecommunications, were in attendance at this gathering. G20 Summit 2023: Delhi prepared to host the mega event
Logo of the summit
The G20 Logo draws inspiration from the vibrant colours of India’s national flag – saffron, white and green, and blue. It juxtaposes planet Earth with the lotus, India’s national flower that reflects growth amid challenges. The Earth reflects India’s pro-planet approach to life, one in perfect harmony with nature. Below the G20 logo is “Bharat”, written in the Devanagari script.
Theme of the summit
The theme of the summit is “Atithi Devo Bhava,” signifying India’s tradition of treating guests like gods. In line with this ethos, leaders and their spouses can anticipate a warm and luxurious welcome. Delegates will be treated to a diverse array of culinary delights, ranging from Southeast Asian and Arab cuisines to East Asian flavours and traditional dishes from various Indian states.
A dress rehearsal for the event is scheduled to take place this weekend in Delhi. While most of the Delhi Metro will operate as usual, the station closest to the main venue will be temporarily closed to accommodate the event.
The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union. The G20 members represent around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population. G20 Summit 2023: Delhi prepared to host the mega event
- The G20 Presidency steers the G20 agenda for one year and hosts the Summit. The G20 consists of two parallel tracks: the Finance Track and the Sherpa Track. Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors lead the Finance Track while Sherpas lead the Sherpa Track.
- The G20 process from the Sherpa side is coordinated by the Sherpas of member countries, who are personal emissaries of the Leaders. Finance Track is led by Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the member countries. Within the two tracks, there are thematically oriented working groups in which representatives from the relevant ministries of the members as well as from invited/guest countries and various international organisations participate.
- The Finance Track is mainly led by the Ministry of Finance. These working groups meet regularly throughout the term of each Presidency. The Sherpas oversee negotiations over the course of the year, discussing agenda items for the Summit and coordinating the substantive work of the G20.
- In addition, there are Engagement Groups which bring together civil societies, parliamentarians, think tanks, women, youth, labour, businesses and researchers of the G20 countries.
- The Group does not have a permanent secretariat. The Presidency is supported by the Troika – previous, current and incoming Presidency. During India’s Presidency, the troika will comprise Indonesia, India and Brazil, respectively.
Arrival schedule for world leaders
The arrival schedule for world leaders would begin with US President Joe Biden who is expected to land on September 7, while leaders from other G20 and invitee countries will arrive the following day. Many leaders will be accompanied by their spouses and sizable delegations. The spouses of G20 leaders will embark on guided tours of Delhi’s renowned landmarks, and special shopping arrangements have been made. G20 Summit 2023: Delhi prepared to host the mega event
Extravagant culinary spread
Deluxe hotels will roll out an extravagant culinary spread for their distinguished guests. Catering at the summit venue will be overseen by ITC Hotels.
“G20 is a historic opportunity for the country as well as the hotel. We are following high standards for their accommodation, food and security. We plan to serve main dishes from all the states of India to the visitors,” Vice President and General Manager of Le Meridien.
“All preparations have been made. We are trying to make the experience of the guests memorable,” General Manager of Sangrila.