G20 foreign ministers arrive in Buenos Aires to discuss the global outlook

On Sunday and Monday, foreign ministers from G20 countries and invited guests will meet at San Martín Palace in Buenos Aires.

The world’s chief foreign relations ministers will meet on Sunday 20 May and Monday 21 May at San Martín Palace in Buenos Aires for the 2018 G20 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers.

Taking place at the ceremonial seat of the Argentine foreign ministry, the meeting includes a working dinner on Sunday evening and plenary sessions the following day. “We hope that this meeting brings a frank and open discussion, a constructive dialogue about how we can best address – collectively and in close cooperation – the challenges of the 21st century,” said Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, who will be chairing the meeting.

At Sunday’s session, foreign ministers will discuss the general global outlook. Monday’s agenda focuses on multilateralism and global governance. New challenges in areas like information technologies and the digital divide, cyber security, and changing paradigms on trade and migration, will be on the table.

Action for fair and sustainable development is next on the agenda. Participants will discuss the priorities chosen by the Argentine G20 presidency for 2018: the future of work, infrastructure for development and a sustainable food future.

A joint press conference held by the foreign ministers of the G20 troika, Jorge Faurie of Argentina, Heiko Maas of Germany, and Taro Kono of Japan, will take place at the conclusion of the meeting. The troika is made up of the current, previous and upcoming G20 host countries. The conference will be broadcast live via the G20’s official YouTube channel.

In addition to Faurie, Maas and Kono, confirmed meeting attendees include Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

The Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers is the third ministerial meeting of the Argentine G20, after the first two meetings of finance ministers and central bank governors in March and April.

On the sidelines of the G20 meeting, foreign ministers will hold bilateral talks from midday onwards on Sunday.


About the G20

The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum for dialogue and decision-making attended by world leaders from vital economies. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population, and 75% of international trade.