India will host a three-day meeting of development ministers of G20 member states in Varanasi starting on Sunday that is expected to focus on disruptions in global supply chains, food and energy security challenges and the effects of climate change, among other issues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a special video address at the start of the meeting, which will be chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. About 200 delegates are expected to attend the meeting, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. India is hosting the meeting as the current chair of the G20.

The meeting of G20 development ministers came on the heels of the Global Voice of the South summit hosted by India in January, and decisions taken at the Varanasi meeting will also contribute to the UN summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September, MEA reports. .

In a statement, it said the Varanasi meeting was taking place amid growing development challenges exacerbated by economic slowdown, debt distress, effects of climate change, growing poverty and inequality, food and energy insecurity and global supply chain disruptions. geopolitical conflicts and tensions.

“The G20 Development Ministerial Meeting will be an opportunity to collectively agree on actions to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and enhance synergies between the development, environment and climate agendas while avoiding costly trade-offs that impede progress for developing countries,” he said.


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