|17 January, 2020

Saudi G20 sherpa briefs UN on Riyadh summit

Fahad Al-Mubarak introduced delegates to the theme, aims, and main priorities of the summit

G20 leaders and delegates attend the closing session of G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. G20 Osaka Summit Photo/Handout via Reuters

G20 leaders and delegates attend the closing session of G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. G20 Osaka Summit Photo/Handout via Reuters

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s official representative for the 2020 G20 summit of world leaders being staged in Riyadh has briefed the UN General Assembly on preparations for the high-powered meeting.

Fahad Al-Mubarak, the Kingdom’s G20 sherpa charged with helping pave the way for the leaders’ November gathering, introduced delegates to the theme, aims, and main priorities of the summit.

The meeting in New York was opened by the president of the UN General Assembly, and the UN undersecretary-general, who welcomed the sherpa and expressed their hopes for a successful G20 summit under the Kingdom’s presidency.

Al-Mubarak said that, under the guidance of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the G20 agenda development process was being conducted in an inclusive and comprehensive way in order to reflect the most important world issues.

Addressing attendees, the sherpa talked about the main objectives for this year’s G20 gathering under the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.” The first was to empower people – especially women and youth – by creating the right conditions in which they could live, work and thrive. Safeguarding the planet by fostering collective efforts to protect the environment, especially on the issues of climate, water, food, and energy, was another aim.

He also talked about ways to shape new frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share the benefits of innovation and technological advancement with a strong focus on the digital economy.

During the briefing session, Al-Mubarak gave details about the global challenges that the G20 countries could jointly address to achieve economic growth and sustainable development.

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