G20 to focus on terrorism, economy and climate change

RSTV Bureau
Berlin : German chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) receives the Chinese president Xi Jinping in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 5 July 2017. The Chinese president is visiting Berlin ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg (7-8 July 2017). Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/dpa DPA/PTI

Berlin : German chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) receives the Chinese president Xi Jinping in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 5 July 2017. The Chinese president is visiting Berlin ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg (7-8 July 2017). Photo: Wolfgang Kumm/dpa DPA/PTI

G20 summit in Hamburg in Germany, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, will focus on counter-terrorism and economic reforms. Issues like free and open trade, climate change, migration, sustainable development and global stability are also likely to be discussed.

The 12th G20 summit, which has the theme of ‘Shaping an Inter-connected World’, will see a lot of high profile leaders interacting with each other.

US president Donald Trump is scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Other top leaders expected to be present include Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May of the UK and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On the sidelines of the two-day meet, PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, ROK (Republic of Korea), the UK and Vietnam. Interestingly, no bilateral is scheduled between India and China, even though tension has escalated between the two sides over Sikkim sector.

Earlier PM Modi had said in a Facebook post that he was looking forward to “engaging leaders from other G20 countries on the vital issues affecting our world today that have a bearing on economic growth, sustainable development, and peace and stability”.

The prime minister said the world leaders will review progress on decisions since the Hangzhou Summit last year and deliberate on issues of terrorism, climate, sustainable development, growth and trade, digitisation, health, employment, migration, women’s empowerment, and partnership with Africa.

The Summit will begin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcoming the world leaders, followed by ‘G20 Leaders’ Retreat’ where the topic of discussion will be ‘fighting terrorism’.

The first working session will be on ‘global growth and trade’, followed by the second session on ‘sustainable development, climate and energy’.

The second day of the Summit will begin with the third working session on ‘partnership with Africa, migration and health’ while the fourth working session will be on ‘digitisation, women’s empowerment and employment’.

These two will be followed by a closing session on Saturday evening, after which a joint statement by the G20 leaders will be issued.

The ‘Group of Twenty’ is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Massive security arrangements are in place for the summit. Around 15,000 police personnel will be deployed to protect the venue and nearly 4,000 personnel will keep a tab on the airport and train security.

(With inputs from agencies)