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New Delhi: With people across the globe pledging to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the lead speaker at the inauguration of the G-20 Summit is expected to table the issues of terrorism besides climate change and global cooperation to dig out black money.

“India’s concerns are known… There can be no compromise on the issue of terror… India’s longstanding position is that there is no good or bad terror and all forms of terrorism are unacceptable and must be fought by the global community as well as each and every country,” a source from Modi’s delegation told reporters. India has been the strongest voice for long at international forums on the issues related to terrorism, he said.

Narendra Modi is also expected to apprise the G-20 leaders that India did not support discussions on origin-specific terror, the source added.

Following the brutal attack, French President Francois Hollande cancelled his visit for the G20 meeting.

However, Turkey has been pressing for a discussion on the Syrian crisis at the 10th G20 Summit.

Notably, the Syrian refugee catastrophe is bigger than the crisis during the World War II.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are also expected to attend the summit. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have already arrived in Antalya for the summit.

BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – will also hold talks to review the progress of their two recent initiatives – the BRICS bank and the contingent reserve arrangement on the sideline of the G20 summit.

(With inputs from various sources)

(Picture Courtesy:www.bloomberg.com)

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The World Economic Forum To Discuss Globalization, Climate Change

Among those coming will be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, fresh from his travels in the Middle East and more.

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A general view shows the mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland Jan. 15, 2019. VOA

More than 3,200 government, business, academics and civil society leaders will address issues of globalization, climate change and other matters of world importance next week at the annual World Economic Forum in the plush Swiss Alpine village of Davos.

The list of participants reads like the Who’s Who of the most powerful, successful and inventive movers and shakers in the world. They will be rubbing shoulders during hundreds of formal sessions and workshops, as well as in private bilaterals on the sidelines of the meeting. They will discuss and seek solutions to some of humanity’s most vexing problems.

The theme of this year’s gathering is Globalization “4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” That refers to the emerging technology breakthroughs in such fields as artificial intelligence and robotics.

 

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Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum holds the meeting’s manifesto as he addresses a news conference ahead of the Davos annual meeting in Cologny near Geneva. VOA

 

Founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab says this fourth wave of globalization needs to be human-centered. He says globalization in its present form is not sustainable. He says globalization must be made more inclusive.

“Globalization produced winners and losers, and so there were many more winners in the last 24, 25, 30 years. But now we have to look after the losers — after those who have been left behind…what we need is a moralization, or re-moralization, of globalization,” he said.

The program is very wide-ranging. For example, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will discuss the state of the world. He will broach issues like climate change, fighting poverty and sustainable development. There will be special sessions by others about ways to make economic growth more inclusive, on rethinking world trade, as well as many scientific, artistic and cultural meetings.

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An ice crevasse is seen on the Baishui Glacier No. 1, the world’s fastest melting glacier due to its proximity to the Equator, on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the southern province of Yunnan in China. VOA

Leaders from all regions of the world will attend. The Middle East will be represented by the presidents of Libya and Iraq. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be there. So will Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.

Six or seven presidents from Africa will be in attendance. And organizers of the forum say there is great interest in an appearance by the new Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, who has established peace with Eritrea during his first six months in office.

The forum president, Borge Brende, says a strong United States delegation will attend next week’s event, although President Donald Trump canceled his participation.

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“We fully understand that, of course, President Trump will have to stay in D.C. as long as the government is facing this shutdown. We are very pleased, though, that the U.S. will be participating with key secretaries,” he said.

Brende confirms that among those coming will be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, fresh from his travels in the Middle East, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. (VOA)