New Delhi: Speaking at the 2020 G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge the world is facing since World War-II and is an important turning point in the history of humanity, Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Reviews India's COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

As he offered India’s IT prowess for efficient functioning of the G20, PM Modi said that “Work from Anywhere” is a new normal in the post-COVID world and suggested creation of a virtual G20 secretariat. Also Read - Nagrota Encounter Shows Pakistan's Efforts to Wreak Havoc Have Been Thwarted Again: PM Modi

The prime minister also suggested developing a new global index for the post-corona world that comprises four key elements — creation of a vast talent pool, ensuring that technology reaches all segments of society, transparency in systems of governance and dealing with Mother Earth with a spirit of trusteeship.

Based on this, the G20 can lay the foundation of a new world, he said.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened the Group of 20 summit as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year’s gathering of heads of state that is being held in the virtual format. India is scheduled to host the G20 summit in 2022.

“Had a very fruitful discussion with G20 leaders. Coordinated efforts by the largest economies of the world will surely lead to faster recovery from this pandemic. Thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the Virtual Summit,” PM Modi tweeted.

“Transparency in our processes helps in inspiring our societies to fight crisis collectively and with confidence. Spirit of trusteeship towards planet Earth will inspire us for a healthy and holistic lifestyle,” he said.

The prime minister termed the COVID-19 pandemic as an important turning point in history of humanity and the biggest challenge the world is facing since World War II, a Ministry of External Affairs statement said.

(With PTI inputs)