At least a fifth of G20 leaders did not attend the summit in New Delhi, with the leaders of Russia and China chiefly absent.
The G20 summit brings together the leaders of the world’s major economies in the Indian capital this weekend, although growing global differences and the absence of the main actors could make it difficult to reach a consensus on the thorniest issues.
At least a fifth of the G20 leaders did not attend the summit, with the Principal absences of the leaders of Russia and China. He president of Spain unable to attend due to COVID-19, and the president of Mexico decided to miss too.
He Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modiopened the event with a speech in which he noted that the world is suffering from a “crisis of confidence” aggravated by the war.
Although it is likely to win broad support, a series of preparatory meetings leading up to this weekend’s meeting failed to reach agreements due to growing differences between world powers, largely due to the war in ukraine. Ending the summit without such a statement would highlight how strained relations have become and tarnish the image Modi has tried to cultivate of India as a global problem-solver.
The G20 agrees to make the African Union a permanent member
The Indian Prime Minister announced this Saturday that the G20 agreed to incorporate the African Union as a permanent member. Modi has made give voice to the Global South a centerpiece of your agenda.
The AU has been advocating for full membership for seven years. The incorporation of this bloc of more than 50 countries is a powerful recognition of the growing importance of Africa.
The European Union is already a permanent member of the G20, the only other regional bloc with that status.