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G20 summit starts

ByMaisie McGuffie

Nov 18, 2022
A photo of world leaders standing on steps in front of their flags at last year's G20, which took place in Italy.

The G20 summit began on 15 November, with the aim to coordinate global policy on the climate crisis and the economy. 

A key focus of the summit will be the ongoing war in Ukraine.

This year, the G20 summit will be held in Bali, hosted by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo, with the theme being ‘Recover Together, Recover Stronger’.

Major world leaders will attend including US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as well as President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, who will be attending virtually.

Other countries who will have representatives at G20 will include China, France, Australia, Germany and Canada.

Previously G20 has dealt with issues such as how to implement a cease-fire in Syria in 2017, as well as how to address a covert Iranian nuclear plant in 2009.

A large proportion of G20 will be discussing the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be in attendance.

Instead, Putin’s deputy, Sergei Lavrov, will be Russia’s representative at the summit.

Members of the G20 will aim to condemn Russia’s actions.

The 2022 summit will not include the ‘family photo’ of all leaders, due to leaders not willing to be photographed with Lavrov.

G20 will be an opportunity for US President Joe Biden and China’s leader Xi Jinping to meet, allowing difficult conversations about America and China’s trade agreement to be discussed, as well as the current status of Taiwan.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s attendance at the summit will mark his first attendance, giving him the platform to announce his new economic plan.

The members of G20 create 85 per cent of the global economic output as well as three quarters of world trade, which means that decisions that are made have global repercussions.

The 2021 Summit was held in Rome and focused on ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’, with that summits focusing on the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cúpula de Líderes do G20” by Palácio di Planalto is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

By Maisie McGuffie

Opinion Editor