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Saint Petersburg G20 Summit

Credit: G20

Credit: G20

The G20 Summit, a meeting of the world’s leading economies will be in Saint Petersburg, Russia September 5-6, 2013. This will be the eighth meeting of the heads of government.

The Group of Twenty (G20) is comprised of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union. The objective of the (G20) is to foster policy coordination between its members in order to achieve global economic stability and sustainable growth.

While some are focused on whether President Obama will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin or topics of job growth, global finance and multilateral trade, other observers, such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are urging that “stronger collective action by G20 countries is essential to make strides on some of the world’s most pressing issues including food insecurity, climate change, access to education and eradicating poverty.”   Mr. Ban also urged the G20 countries to boost efforts to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before the 2015 deadline.

The Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) is also scheduled to discuss promoting energy efficiency, green growth and ensuring global protection of the marine environment.