G20 leaders met in Rome on Saturday under high cloud to begin their two-day deliberations. They take place in the state-of-the-art Nuvola Convention Center in the Eur District, which features a huge white cloud-shaped fabric.
The summit began with a family photo of world leaders, along with doctors, nurses, paramedics and representatives of the Italian Red Cross, in appreciation of those involved in the fight against the epidemic and highlighting one of the main themes of the meeting.
The medics and medics were joined by US Presidents Joe Biden, France Emmanuel Macron, Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, South Korea’s Moon Dzi Ina, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Britain’s Boris Johnson, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, India’s Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the Commission chairperson. European Ursula von der Leyen and other politicians.
The summit is held under the theme “People, Planet, Prosperity”. The topic of the first discussion in his forum was “Economy and Global Health”.
The two-day meeting will focus on post-pandemic economic recovery and recovery plans, and on climate change, which will be a prelude to the COP26 conference starting Sunday in Glasgow.
Opening the deliberations, host Prime Minister Mario Draghi stated that “pluralism is the best answer to today’s problems”.
“This is the only possible solution to the pandemic, climate and tax issues,” he added.
He called the Italian Prime Minister to overcome the differences.
“We can finally be optimistic about the future,” said Draghi. It was the success of the vaccination campaign, he said, that made economic recovery possible.
The Italian Prime Minister declared: “We are building a new economic model and the world will be better.”
After a day of deliberation in the “cloud,” world leaders will go together to visit the Baths of Diocletian, followed by a dinner hosted by the President of Italy, Sergio Matterella.
The morning before the summit, a group of dozens of climate activists blocked the central road to Cristoforo Colombo near the meeting place. The police intervened.
From Rome Siluya Wesuka (PAP)
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