G20 Summit 2023 highlights: Delegates arrive in Delhi to attend two-day mega event

Sep 07, 2023 10:52 PM IST

G20 Summit highlights: Scheduled for September 9 and 10, the summit marks significant milestone as India becomes inaugural South Asian nation to host it.

Distinguished guests and delegates from across the world have begun arriving at the Bharat Mandapam convention centre, nestled within the newly revamped Pragati Maidan complex in the heart of New Delhi ahead of the upcoming G20 summit. This historic event, scheduled for September 9 and 10, marks a significant milestone as India becomes the inaugural South Asian nation to host the summit.

A security personnel walks past the G20 logo installed along a street in New Delhi on September 7, 2023. AFP)
A security personnel walks past the G20 logo installed along a street in New Delhi on September 7, 2023. AFP)

Delhi, in preparation for this prestigious conclave, has transformed into a highly secured enclave, resembling a fortress. Although it's not a full-scale lockdown, certain measures are in place, including the suspension of online order deliveries within New Delhi's district from September 8 to 10. While Delhi Metro services continue to operate as usual, several station including the Supreme Court station will remain closed on these three dates.

Among the global leaders expected to grace this summit with their presence are prominent figures like US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Canada PM Justin Trudeau. However, notable absences include Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping. Russia and China will still be represented, though, with their foreign minister and prime minister taking the helm, respectively.

Follow all the updates here:

  • Sep 07, 2023 10:51 PM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE updates: US Singer Mary Millben hails PM Modi's proposal for African Union inclusion in G20

    Ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in India, US singer Mary Millben hailed India's proposal regarding the inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20 grouping. She said that it can now shape policies and be the voice of the marginalised, uphold democratic values and foster human dignity.

    Addressing the G20 Summit in a video message, Millben said, “At the dawn of the G20 summit in New Delhi this week, I stand before you brimming with hope, hope for a future aligned with the values we hold dear; equality, justice, and human dignity for all. It is my privilege to address you on the profound significance of India-Africa relations in the 21st century, the heartland values across borders, the pivotal role of the US in India, and the power of culture in unifying the world”.

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  • Sep 07, 2023 07:46 PM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE updates: Union minister Arjun Munda says ‘it is a matter of pride’ to host the event

    Union Minster Arjun Munda on Thursday praised the upcoming G20 Summit being hosted by the country and said that it is a ‘matter of pride and inspiration for the nation’.

    “This is a matter of pride and inspiration for the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi always said that we have to make India the third-largest economic power and in the upcoming days we will be the third-largest economy in the world. Through the G20 summit, we are attracting the world's attention. We are telling the world how the Prime Minister along with the people of India is taking the nation forward,” ANI quoted Arjun Munda as saying.

  • Sep 07, 2023 07:14 PM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE updates: Tibetian Youth Congress leader stage protest tomorrow in Delhi 

    As New Delhi prepares to host a high-level summit attended by top world leaders, Tibetan Youth Congress President Gonpo Dhundup announced on Thursday that he will organise a protest against China for its illegal occupation of Tibet.

    “We are not protesting against India hosting the G20. We are very proud that India is hosting this prestigious G20 meeting in New Delhi. But our protest is against the Chinese Communist Government. Chinese Government illegally occupied our nation. Currently, the situation in Tibet is very critical,” Gonpo Dhundup was quoted as saying by ANI. 

  • Sep 07, 2023 06:34 PM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE updates: Uttarakhand CM Dhami to arrive in Delhi tomorrow to take part G20 programs

    Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will on Friday arrive in Delhi  to take part in the programs of the G20 Summit being held in Bharat Mandapam at Pragati Maidan. Dhami will be on a Delhi tour tomorrow from 8 to 11 September and will reach Delhi tomorrow evening.

  • Sep 07, 2023 06:06 PM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE updates: Work from home to all private offices in Gurugram tomorrow

    Ahead of G20 Summit, Gurugram District Administration on Thursday issued an advisory regarding the traffic regulations. “Whereas in wake of G-20 Summit in Delhi, traffic will be regulated on NH-48 on September 8, 2023 which might result into occasional traffic congestion on the roads of Gurugram city. Accordingly, there is a need to exercise caution and minimize travel so thattraffic congestion can be avoided.

    In consideration of the aforementioned facts, all corporate offices and private

    institutions in the district are advised to guide their employees to Work from Home tomorrow,” the advisory said.

  • Sep 07, 2023 05:27 PM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE updates: US President Joe Biden to be received by MoS VK Singh on Saturday

    US President Joe Biden who is visiting India to attend G20 Summit will be received by Minister of State VK Singh on September 8 at 6.55 pm (tentative time). The Centre has assigned responsibilities to different Union ministers of state to welcome the dignitaries, ANI reported citing sources

    British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be received by MOS Ashwini Choubey at 1.40 pm, while Bangaladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be received by MOS Darshan Jardosh at 12:30 pm.  MoS Choubey will also receive Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at 2.15 pm.

  • Sep 07, 2023 04:56 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE updates: Delhi Police patrols area near Yamuna using boats

    Delhi police on Thursday conducted patrolling near the Yamuna area in view of the G20 Summit hightening the security. Boats were used for the purpose. Police fears that some mischievous element may enter New Delhi area through Yamuna and disrupt the G20 program. 

    Yamuna passes through New Delhi area which is close to Bharat Mandapam (Venue for G20 event), hence mischievous elements could try to enter New Delhi area through Yamuna also. “Patrolling is being done to ensure security, Delhi Police personnel using the boats to keep an eye on every activity happening along the Yamuna,” ANI quoted an official as saying. 

  • Sep 07, 2023 04:18 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE updates: Chandni Chowk traders engage women translators for foreign visitors 

    The traders in Delhi's Chandni Chowk, ahead of G20 Summit, have engaged nearly 100 women entrepreneurs who will double up as translators fluent in English, French, Spanish and other languages to provide foreign visitors a seamless experience, news agency PTI reported.

    The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) has partnered with these women entrepreneurs, fashion designers, influencers, bloggers, salon and boutique owners who are fluent in languages such as English, French, Spanish and German to work as translators.

    “These women will assist the traders of Chandani Chowk market in communicating with foreign visitors on September 8-10, he said. They will be engaged on voluntary basis,” CTI chairman said.

  • Sep 07, 2023 03:41 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: Delhi Police patrols Raj Ghat area as part of security preparation

    Delhi Police have been carrying out extensive exercises to ensure tight security during the G20 Summit in the national capital. On Wednesday, the police also conducted a tear-gas drill in preparation for the summit. Traffic rehearsals have also been included in the police exercises. A total of 130,000 personnel, including the Delhi Police, Indian Army, and other special forces, will be deployed during these days.

  • Sep 07, 2023 03:19 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: Digital India Experience Zone to be set up 

    During the 18th G20 Summit that New Delhi is hosting on Saturday and Sunday, a “Digital India Experience Zone” is being set up as a key attraction to showcase India's success in the implementation of digital transformation.

    Delegates at the summit will witness the direct and positive effects of Digital Public Infrastructure, new agency ANI quoted a statement from Ministry of Electronic and IT. India's Presidency has played a pivotal role in securing this significant agreement, underscoring the significance of Digital Public Infrastructure in enhancing the quality of life.

    Digital Public Infrastructure, encompassing game-changers like Aadhaar, Unified Payment Interface (UPI), DigiLocker, DIKSHA, Bhashini, ONDC and eSanjeevani, among others, will be showcased in action. These initiatives have already demonstrated their profound influence on Indian society, read the press release.

  • Sep 07, 2023 02:50 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: National capital getting final touch ahead grand event

    Ahead of the G20 Summit, high-level event scheduled for the weekend, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is decorating thousands of trees and installing G20 floral boards to further beautify the city's landscape.

    NDMC Vice Chairman Satish Upadhyay said work has already begun on the preparation and installation of 20 flower boards prominently displaying the G20 logo and slogan – “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future” at strategic locations across New Delhi.

    "In addition, thousands of trees falling in high-traffic areas frequented by our distinguished guests will be decorated with flowers for the main G20 events scheduled for September 8-10," news agency ANI quoted Upadyay as saying.

  • Sep 07, 2023 02:30 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: What kind of weather will Delhi have towards the weekend?

    Wondering what kind of weather Delhi will have during the high-level G20 Summit on September 9 and 10? The India Meteorological Department (IMD) released a prediction on Thursday, stating that the city will experience an increase in humidity, a temperature drop, and cloudy weather during the summit.

    “We are expecting an increase in humidity, there will be clouds so the temperature will not shoot up. There is some possibility of drizzles on September 9 and 10,” news agency ANI quoted IMD Scientist Soma Sen as saying.

  • Sep 07, 2023 01:50 PM IST

    Embellished trees, G20 floral boards, city getting final touch ahead of summit

    The New Delhi Municipal Council is decorating thousands of trees and installing G20 floral boards to further beautify the city's landscape ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit.

    NDMC Vice Chairman Satish Upadhyay said work has already begun on the preparation and installation of 20 flower boards prominently displaying the G20 logo and slogan – “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth, One Family, One Future” at strategic locations across New Delhi.

    "In addition, thousands of trees falling in high-traffic areas frequented by our distinguished guests will be decorated with flowers for the main G20 events scheduled for September 8-10," he said.


  • Sep 07, 2023 01:24 PM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: Supreme Court Metro Station beautified by DMRC | Watch

    The Supreme Court Metro Station has been beautified by the DMRC ahead of the G20 Summit, scheduled to be held in Delhi on September 9-10. The station has been renovated with images of iconic monuments from around the world, including India's Taj Mahal, the UK's London Bridge, Italy's Pisa Tower, France's Eiffel Tower, and Brazil's Christ the Redeemer.

    The renovation has prioritised improving public convenience, with a particular focus on making road crossings easier. Other metro stations, such as Indraprastha, Mandi House, Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar, Preet Vihar, Akshardham, Rajiv Chowk, and Central Secretariat, have also been included in this beautification initiative.

  • Sep 07, 2023 01:22 PM IST

    ‘Expectation from India very high’: UNESCAP Executive Secretary 

    Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Armida Alisjahbana says, "...The expectation (from India) is very high, especially in the geopolitical context...The expectation is very high, especially for the G20 leadership & commitment to the most pressing issues & challenges...Everyone is looking at the outcome of this Summit..."

  • Sep 07, 2023 01:19 PM IST

    Delhi G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: Sculptures placed at Bhairon Road depict glimpses of Indian music

  • Sep 07, 2023 12:27 PM IST

    Delhi Summit LIVE: How G20 hopes to unlock trillions for development, climate fight

    A core focus of the G20’s agenda at the New Delhi leaders’ summit will be on strengthening multilateral development banks, with success potentially adding trillions of dollars to fight poverty and save the climate, reports PTI.

    Development banks are linchpins in those fights and important cogs in the global economy, stepping in to lend to countries in need, whether it is financial challenges or disaster.

    This process of strengthening multilateral development banks was initiated through the G20’s 2016 action plan, which directed banks to “work through their Boards to optimise balance sheets, in order to increase lending without substantially increasing risks or damaging credit ratings”.

  • Sep 07, 2023 12:02 PM IST

    Delhi Summit LIVE: G20 agrees membership for African Union on par with EU: Report

    The G20 grouping of nations has agreed to grant permanent membership to the African Union, Bloomberg News said on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

    The move would give the African Union the same status as the EU, from its current designation of "invited international organization," it added.


  • Sep 07, 2023 11:19 AM IST

    Watch: Preparations & security checks underway in Delhi for G20 Summit

  • Sep 07, 2023 11:08 AM IST

    ‘Expects a lot from G20 nations’: UN Secretary-General Spokesperson

    Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres says "The Secretary-General will be going to the G20. He looks forward to participating under India's leadership. The theme of the G20, of bringing one family, one planet, one Earth, is very important. We are living in a multipolar world, but multipolarity by itself will not solve the issue. We need to fight against fragmentation, and the G20 has an opportunity to do that. Secretary-General also expects quite a lot from the G20 nations, which are the 20 leading economies of the world."

  • Sep 07, 2023 10:13 AM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE: PM Modi pens down opinion on own website on India's G20 presidency

    PM Modi writes an Op-Ed on India's G20 presidency. Sharing the article published on, the PM said on Twitter, “As the G20 Summit gets underway in Delhi, penned an Op-Ed on India’s G20 Presidency and how we have worked to further human-centric globalisation and ensure a collective spirit in furthering human progress.”

    The Prime Minister wrote, “In December 2022, when we took over the Presidency from Indonesia, I had written that a mindset shift must be catalysed by the G20. This was especially needed in the context of mainstreaming the marginalized aspirations of developing countries, the Global South and Africa. The Voice of Global South Summit, which witnessed participation from 125 countries, was one of the foremost initiatives under our Presidency. It was an important exercise to gather inputs and ideas from the Global South. Further, our Presidency has not only seen the largest-ever participation from African countries but has also pushed for the inclusion of the African Union as a permanent member of the G20.”

  • Sep 07, 2023 10:03 AM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE Updates | ‘Several flowers in demand for G20 decorations’: Ghazipur mandi flower vendor

    A Ghazipur mandi flower vendor says, “Several flowers are in demand and are being for decorative purposes during the G20 Summit. In the last 2-3 days, several customers have been purchasing flowers for Janmashtami and the upcoming G20 Summit. We are getting good work and there is a lot of enthusiasm among the vendors...”

  • Sep 07, 2023 09:44 AM IST

    G20 Summit LIVE: Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth arrives in Delhi 

    Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has touched down in Delhi as he joins the ranks of world leaders gathering for the G20 Summit. His arrival marks a significant moment in the buildup to the summit, where leaders from around the globe will engage in crucial discussions on pressing global issues. Prime Minister Jugnauth's presence underscores the importance of this international gathering and the shared commitment to addressing global challenges.

  • Sep 07, 2023 09:34 AM IST

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  • Sep 07, 2023 08:09 AM IST

    Hottest September Since 1938 Awaits G-20 Leaders in Delhi

    As world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, prepare to convene in New Delhi for the upcoming Group of 20 Summit, they'll be met with scorching heatwaves. Climate change is poised to be a prominent topic on the summit's agenda, and the extreme weather in India's capital is expected to underscore the urgency of the matter.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been advocating for progress on global issues, particularly climate change, and the recent record-breaking heatwave in Delhi may serve as a stark reminder of the challenges posed by extreme weather to leaders from around the world. On Monday, Delhi witnessed a sweltering high of 40.1°C (104°F), marking the hottest September day in 85 years, according to the nation's meteorological agency.

    This year has seen a surge in extreme weather events globally, ranging from devastating flash floods to rampant wildfires that have claimed lives, strained power infrastructure, and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and homes. June witnessed record-breaking heat both on land and in the oceans, with ocean temperatures reaching new highs for a third consecutive month, further emphasizing the pressing need for climate action.


  • Sep 07, 2023 07:30 AM IST

    G20 Summit 2023 Live: Ghazipur Flower Vendors Flourish Ahead of the event 

    In a bustling scene at Ghazipur Mandi, flower vendors are experiencing a significant uptick in their business as crowds gather to purchase vibrant flowers. The surge in demand is twofold, with people preparing for the upcoming G20 Summit as well as to celebrate Janmashtami .

  • Sep 07, 2023 07:26 AM IST

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  • Sep 07, 2023 07:22 AM IST

    PM Modi, Biden expected to discuss on G20 agenda, multilateral development bank reform: White House

    US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to hold a discussion on the agenda of G20, particularly the economic cooperation and multilateral investment opportunities, that stand before it and can be on the American leader's strong desire to see multilateral development bank reform and reshaping, a White House official said.

    John Kirby, National Security Council (NSC) coordinator for strategic communications, also pointed out that there was very little possibility that PM Modi and President Biden will discuss on climate and the ongoing Ukraine war. The remark by Kirby comes before President Joe Biden departs for New Delhi on Thursday and will meet PM Modi on the next day.

    Responding to a query on the agenda that PM Modi and President Biden will discuss on Friday, Kirby said, "Well, without getting too far ahead of the meeting that hasn’t happened, it’s certainly going to be an appropriate follow-on to their very robust bilateral discussions here when we had – when we hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House not long ago for a very complete and official visit."


  • Sep 07, 2023 07:00 AM IST

    What is Bharat Mandapam, the venue of G20 summit in New Delhi? Details

    The G20 Summit, scheduled for this weekend in the national capital, is a highly anticipated event featuring top world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The summit will be held at the International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) complex, also known as Bharat Mandapam, in New Delhi's Pragati Maidan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated this complex on July 26 this year. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including a convention centre, exhibition halls, and an amphitheatre.

    During the G20 Summit, Bharat Mandapam, referred to as the “culture corridor” will showcase diverse traditions from 29 countries, including India and the special invitees to the G20. This display will encompass physical and virtual exhibitions, creating an immersive experience for visitors.

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