A tree planting ceremony was organized today at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi to commemorate a green, sustainable and environment friendly G20 presidency. It follows the symbolic handover of saplings by Troika Members, H.E. President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and H.E. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the third session “One Future” of the G20 Summit in New Delhi on 10 September 2023.
Today's ceremony was attended by envoys and representatives of G20 members, invited countries and international organizations, who planted a sapling each of national significance from their respective countries or a local Indian sapling, selected with due consideration to the Indian agro-climatic conditions. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Puri, Lt Governor of Delhi Shri V K Saxena and India’s G20 Sherpa Shri Amitabh Kant participated in the event and planted a Banyan sapling, the national tree of India, also called the “Tree of Life”.
The ceremony drew inspiration from India’s G20 Presidency theme of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - One Earth, One Family, One Future”, which echoes a pro-planet approach to inclusive, equitable & sustainable growth, and the Indian cultural ethos of living in harmony with nature. The theme also spotlights the message of Mission LiFE, which nudges individuals towards sustainable lifestyles and responsible consumption to preserve the environment.
Speaking at the occasion, EAM Dr Jaishankar said that India’s G20 Presidency will be remembered as “G20 for the future” for its strong focus on environment, sustainability, and Global South and that the G20 trees will serve as a reminder for the same.
October 23, 2023