New Delhi, Oct 13.- Parliamentary leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) nations today began their deliberations in India in search of promoting global governance and supporting the legislative bodies to confront challenges.
On the first day of the ninth Legislative Summit (P-20), after the opening speech of the host Prime Minister Narendra Modi, participants debate the promotion of the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals and the preservation-friendly energy transition enviroment.
In his opening remarks, Modi emphasized the importance of public participation in addressing global challenges and expressed confidence in the positive impact of the discussions at the P-20 Summit on efforts to achieve this.
He specified that the assemblies and committees of his country found a mention in the five-thousand-year-old writings, which reflect since that time the making of collective decisions for the improvement of society.
He reported that since independence, 17 general elections and more than 300 state assembly elections have been held in the Asian nation with a constant increase in popular participation.
The prime minister said that in 2019, when his party was elected to power, it was the largest electoral exercise in history, with 600 million voters, mostly women, turning out.
Currently there are 910 million people registered to vote, more than the population of all of Europe, which shows the deep faith of Indians in their parliamentary practices, he assured.
Modi announced that more than a billion people will participate in next year's general elections and invited delegates to witness them.
He also explained the recent decision to reserve 33 percent of the seats in Parliament and state assemblies for women and that more than three million elected representatives in local self-government institutions are women.
He also affirmed that parliamentary entities are a reflection of the country's diversity.
On the other hand, he believed that a world full of conflicts and confrontations does not benefit anyone and reiterated that this is the time for peace, brotherhood, to move forward together and achieve growth and well-being.
After tomorrow's analysis of the issues of mainstreaming gender equality and digital transformation for life, the P-20 Summit, which for the first time has representation from the Pan-African Parliament, will culminate with the adoption of a declaration together to urge international solutions based on equity, inclusion and peace. (Text and photo: PL)