2015 G20 Antalya summit
|2015 G20 Antalya summit|
|Date||15–16 November 2015|
|Venue(s)||Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Centre|
|Cities||Belek, Serik, Antalya|
G20 members |
Guest invitees: Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Zimbabwe
|Follows||2014 G20 Brisbane summit|
|Precedes||2016 G20 Hangzhou summit|
The 2015 G20 Antalya summit was the tenth annual meeting of the G20 heads of government/heads of state. It was held in Antalya, Turkey, a southwestern city, which was the most visited destination in Turkey and the tenth in the world in 2014, on 15–16 November 2015. The venue for the Leaders Summit was Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Centre.
The Summit Conference
The Antalya summit is the 10th edition of the G20 leaders' meeting. Together, the G20 represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population.
This year, Turkey holds the rotating Presidency of the G20. The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. The European Union thus is a full member of the G20 and is represented at G20 summits by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council. The G20 members have invited Spain as a permanent invitee. Additionally, Zimbabwe was invited as they are the 2015 chair of the African Union, Malaysia was invited as they are the 2015 Chair of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Senegal was representing the New Partnership for Africa's Development, and Azerbaijan and Singapore were also invited.
In September 2015, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew planned to visit Turkey, as did his Chinese and other G20 finance minister counterparts and central bankers. Throughout the year leading up to the November summit, preparatory and regular meetings, many in locations in Turkey this year, on Women-20, Youth-20, Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa, The silver economy, Islamic finance, tourism, agriculture and other subjects have convened or, as of September, were planned.
The G20 summit was mostly focused on political rather than economic issues due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, in which 132 people were killed. As an organization dealing with global issues of financial and economic cooperation, the G20 decided to change the format of the session. Nevertheless, the format has always been efficient enough so we can expect success in the implementation of the decisions, taken during the summit.
According to the summit results, in addition to the pre-planned communiqué, the parties adopted a declaration on fighting terrorism. "We condemn in the most serious way the heinous terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 and in Ankara on October 10th. They are unacceptable insults to all humanity," read a joint G20 statement. The heads of state expressed their readiness to fight terrorism in all its forms, including taking steps to resist economic terrorism.
"The fight against terrorism is a major priority for all of our countries and we reiterate our resolve to work together to prevent and suppress terrorist acts through increased international solidarity and cooperation," read the joint statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to the victims of terrorist attacks and their families. We reaffirm our solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs."
Some other issues, such as how the world working together to boost the world economy were also discussed during the conference.
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French President François Hollande did not attend the event due to the November 2015 Paris attacks and sent Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Minister of Finance Michel Sapin as his representative. This meeting was the second time Argentine President could not be in attendance, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner being represented by Economy Minister Axel Kicillof, owing to the timing of a general election on 22 November.
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