India will conduct the ninth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit (P20) in New Delhi on next Friday and Saturday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday.
Within the G20, Parliament 20 (P20) is an engagement group headed by the speakers of G20 countries, and “it aims at bringing a parliamentary dimension to global governance”.
The main theme of the P20 is “Parliament for One Earth, One Family, One Future”, and it will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 13.
It will be jointly organized by Parliament and the Ministry of External Affairs.
Briefing the media here, Om Birla said, “25 speakers, 10 Deputy Speakers along with 50 members of Parliament among others will participate in this global event”.
Birla said that the president of the Pan African Parliament will participate in the G20 event for the first time in India.
He informed that four sessions have been planned during the summit and the inaugural session will be on the “power of democracy”.
When asked about the participation of Canada, the Lok Sabha Speaker said, “We have received consent from Canada for its participation in the summit”.
Germany and Argentina will not be attending the summit due to “internal reasons”, Birla said, for which both countries have expressed regret.
As a pre-summit event, the Parliamentary Forum on LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment ) will be held on the 12th of this month.
An exhibition namely “Mother of Democracy” will also be organized at the venue of the summit to highlight India’s ancient and participative democratic traditions.