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Highlights of the day: G7 nations commit to reduce 75% of methane emissions by 2030

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G7 Summit LIVE news:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Italy today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted his British counterpart Rishi Sunak and is believed to have discussed bilateral relations and issues of common interests. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Bari.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised he was looking forward to engaging in productive discussions with world leaders at the G7 Summit on Friday to address global challenges and foster international cooperation for a brighter future. PM Modi's comments came as he arrived in Apulia, southern Italy, to attend the Outreach session of the G7 Summit. "Landed in Italy to take part in the G7 Summit. Looking forward to engaging in productive discussions with world leaders. Together, we aim to address global challenges and foster international cooperation for a brighter future," PM Modi wrote on X.

Earlier, PM Modi stated he was "glad" that his first foreign visit in his third consecutive term as Prime Minister was to Italy for the G7 Summit. I warmly recall my visit to Italy for the G20 Summit in 2021. Prime Minister Meloni's two visits to India last year were instrumental in infusing momentum and depth in our bilateral agenda. We remain committed to consolidate the India-Italy strategic partnership, and bolster cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Mediterranean regions, his statement reads.

This is the PM Modi's first foreign trip after being sworn in for a third time. PM Modi is  expected to meet multiple leaders on the sidelines of the event today. The summit is being conducted from June 13 to 15, 2024, in Fasano, Apulia, Italy, with leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, along with representation from EU nations. India had hosted the G20 Summit in New Delhi last September.

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G7 commits to cut methane emissions by 75% by 2030

"We will transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems in a just, orderly, and equitable manner, accelerating actions in this critical decade, to achieve net-zero by 2050 in keeping with the best available science," said the G7 draft. The document commits to discontinuing current coal power generation without carbon capture and storage in G7 energy systems by the early 2030s, following an agreement by G7 energy ministers in April.
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G7 commit to accelerating transition to clean energy

G7 leaders will commit to accelerating their transition away from fossil fuels during this decade, and pledge "to phase out existing unabated coal power generation in our energy systems during the first half of 2030s."
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We would condemn humanity to future without hope if we took away people's ability to make decisions: Pope

Francis emphasized that politicians should lead efforts to prioritize human oversight in AI, stressing the importance of ensuring human decisions remain central, not replaced by machines. He warned against a future where people lose autonomy to AI, highlighting the need to protect human dignity through robust controls over AI programs. His comments align with global calls for stricter regulations on AI, amid rapid advancements in generative artificial intelligence kickstarted by OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot.
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G7 summit: Biden interacte with Pope Francis ahead of session on AI

U.S. President Joe Biden and Pope Francis exchange words ahead of a session on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Energy, Africa and Mediterranean on second day of the G7 summit.
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Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address G7

Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to speak to the Group of Seven nations, discussing the potentials and risks of artificial intelligence with leaders from the world's top industrialized countries at their annual summit in southern Italy. His arrival brought a hush over the room, bustling with delegations, as he greeted each G7 member.
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Pope Francis hosts over 100 comedians at Vatican, says 'You bring joy to God'

Ahead of attending the Group of Seven summit in Italy's southern Puglia region, Pope Francis hosted an unconventional gathering at the Vatican on Friday. He welcomed over 100 comedians from 15 countries, including prominent US figures like Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert, and Conan O'Brien, celebrating the significance of humor.
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G7 leaders unveil initiative aimed at enhancing global food security

Leaders of the Group of Seven have committed to intensifying actions against global malnutrition, as stated in a preliminary document on Friday. The statement highlighted that Russia's invasion of Ukraine had worsened global food issues. The G7 Apulia Food Systems Initiative (AFSI), named after the Southern Italian region where the summit is held, aims to "address underlying obstacles to food security and nutrition," according to the draft. This initiative will concentrate on supporting initiatives in Africa and other low-income regions, reflecting Italy's focus as the current G7 president.
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G7 leaders strategize on how to tackle China on economic front

Group of Seven (G7) leaders are considering further measures to ensure a level playing field with China and safeguard their economic security, a senior U.S. official stated on Friday. The official noted that Washington anticipates unprecedented unity among the G7 in addressing China's non-market policies and practices.
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G7 nations condemn China's 'dangerous' foray into South China Sea

"We persist in opposing China's dangerous use of its coastguard and maritime militia in the South China Sea, as well as its continual obstruction of countries' freedom of navigation in international waters," the bloc said in a draft statement.
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India believes in a human-centric approach, says PM Modi on meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky

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Great scope to deepen ties in sectors like semiconductors, technology, says PM Modi on meeting with Sunak

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Pope Francis set to deliver address on AI regulation

This is the first time a leader of the world's 1.4 billion Catholics is attending the G7 summit.
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G7 Summit 2024: PM Modi meets Ukrainian President Zelensky

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Italy.
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News update: PM Modi meets UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on sidelines of G7 summit

Rishi Sunak had concluded his first day without any formal bilateral meetings with any other G7 leaders.
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News update: PM Modi, French President Macron meet on sidelines of G7 event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit here in the southern resort town of Italy.

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First Published: Jun 14 2024 | 9:44 AM IST

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