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21.02.2017 - Article

World politics comes to Bonn. In his new role as foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel welcomes his counterparts to this meeting convened under the German G20 Presidency.

This is the second time that the foreign ministers of the 20 largest industrialised countries and emerging economies have met in this framework.

The meeting is intended as a forum for exchange away from day-to-day crisis management. For Gabriel, the event is also a chance to meet his new fellow foreign ministers. In numerous bilateral meetings he spoke with his new counterparts, including the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The main plenary session focused on long-term goals: the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, crisis prevention and cooperation with Africa. After the event, many of the participants travelled on to Munich for the Security Conference. In Gabriel’s words, the G20 meeting was important because:

“Together, the G20 states produce four fifths of global real net output. This gives the Group enormous political and economic weight, but it also brings great responsibility. That’s why it is important to talk to each other and to consider how we, as the G20, can support the goals the world community has set itself, for example in the 2030 Agenda, i.e. the 17 goals through which together we seek to make life better for everyone on our planet. The first and foremost goal is combating extreme poverty in this world.”

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