G-20 members meet in Bariloche

This weekend, G-20 leaders met in Bariloche at the Hotel Llao Llao for the “First Sherpa Meeting” where they will metaphorically guide the entity toward the summit (politicians can be punny too, you know). 130 delegates from 24 countries and 13 organizations were welcomed Thursday night by the Río Negro Governor Alberto Weretilneck.

Ambitious topics to be discussed include agriculture, anti-corruption measures, trade and investment, development, digital economy, education, employment, health, climate sustainability, and transitional energy (all in one breath) they have their work cut out for them.

G-20 members meet in Bariloche
G-20 members meet in Bariloche photo provided by G-20

The delegation includes all G-20 permanent members, in addition to Chile and Spain, with Jamaica representing the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Singapur representing ASEAN. With pending Mercosur-EU agreements, strong rebukes from the US, Japan, and the EU against China’s trade policies, and some regional political crises, there is time for the delegates start to work out some of the uncertainty.

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Argentina’s stated priorities for the G-20- in line with the many listed above- are sustainable environmental practices as well as education reforms which take advantage of new technologies and empowering women. The Macri administration has pushed forth sustainable practices, particularly climate change goals in line with the Paris Agreement. In addition, this September, the Macri administration launched his own efforts for education reform to be implemented in over a dozen schools in Buenos Aires next year.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie during G-20 speech in Bariloche
Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie during G-20 speech in Bariloche

Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie commended the “public politics must be more coordinated than ever.” Faurie added that the G-20 looks to facilitate a “stable, just, and sustainable world” which will by extension increase equality and peace. Faurie touted Argentina’s role as the host while stating that the country will stay true to its “history, traditions, geographical location” which are all parts of this patria’s DNA, with an emphasis on a South American perspective.

Here’s hoping they’ll have more luck than the WTO’s 3 days.