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G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Buenos Aires

24 April 2018

Información para la Prensa N°:  067/18

The Argentine Foreign Ministry informs media outlets and reporters that theweb platform to submit accreditation requests to cover the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, which will be held next Monday 21 May at the Palacio San Martín and will be headed by Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie in the context of Argentina's G20 Presidency, is currently available.

 Reporters wishing to request accreditation for this meeting —which will be held in Buenos Aires and will be attended by foreign ministers and representatives from the 20 member countries of the Group, as well as from various guest countries and organizations— must access the following link, where they will find the relevant instructions, requirements and form:

 

https://www.g20.org/en/press/press-kit/accreditation

 

These instructions only cover accreditation for the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting to be held on 21 May, which will remain open until 15 May 2018.Any requests submitted after the deadline or through any channel other than the online system will not be received.

During an intense meeting, foreign ministers and representatives will address two key issues put forward by Argentina as G20 Chair, which will be discussed in two plenary sessions: multilateralism and global governance, and actions towards fair and sustainable development.

In line with Argentina's slogan as G20 Chair, "Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development", the sessions will address three priorities determined by our country: firstly, the future of labour (the educational system must prepare individuals for work and life in the 21st century); secondly, infrastructure for development (countries need more roads, bridges, public transport and sanitary works in order to grow), and, thirdly,sustainable food security for the future (the world needs a more inclusive and efficient food provision system).

            As G20 Chair in 2018, Argentina must guarantee the continuity of previous initiatives and the work accomplished, but it can also develop the mechanisms deemed most appropriate to balance the interests of countries, seek common ground and find points of convergence.  Thus, from this position, Argentina wants to "lead by consensus".

This is a unique opportunity for Argentina to bring a southern perspective to the G20 from the viewpoint of developing countries, and thus focus the attention of the most important global forum on the concerns, aspirations and potential of our region, with the eradication of poverty as its main goal. It also bears noting that, at the request of Argentina, the G20 agenda will focus on education for the first time.

  

         THE G20

 The G20 comprises 19 countries (Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, United Kingdom, South Africa and Turkey) and the European Union.

Spain is a permanent guest of G20 meetings. Each year, the country which holds the G20 presidency also invites other countries to attend the forum.This year, Argentina has invited Chile and the Netherlands.

 Countries which chair key regional organizations such as the African Union, the New Partnership for Africa's Development and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are regularly invited to the summit. This year, these regional groups will be represented by Rwanda, Singapore and Senegal, respectively. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has also been invited by Argentina and will be represented by Jamaica.

 Over 50 G20 meetings will be held throughout the year at a national level in various Argentine cities, which will be attended by officials of various ranks. The closing event will be the G20 Leaders' Summit in late November.

 The G20 forum was created in 1999 as a technical meeting between finance ministers and central bank governors. During the 2008 economic crisis, it became what it is today: a key forum for discussion and decision-making attended by top world leaders and the largest economies. G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world's population and 75% of international trade.


 

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