Global Development Issues Addressed at G20 Summit in Germany

While media coverage of the G20 Summit in Hamburg earlier this month focused on the United States’ decision to leave the Paris Agreement, other agreements were also made among the 20 nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G-20 Summit’s closing press conference. Photo by: Sandra Steins / Bundesregierung/

Pandemic preparedness was a focus of the summit. In May, health ministers from the G20 met for the first time in Berlin. Their work was reflected in Hamburg, as universal health coverage was addressed in the summit’s final communiqué. The summit also included a delegation from WHO including its new Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Tedros addressed the lack of healthcare access for the most vulnerable. G20 leaders also recommended the creation of a research and collaboration facility to address antimicrobial resistance.

The G20 leaders reached consensus on efforts to spur private investments in Africa. The German-backed plan encourages African countries to work with international financial institutions on policy development to encourage private investment. The “Compact with Africa” also included infrastructure commitments, mainly focusing on sustainable energy. Economic growth and youth employment initiatives were also part of the compact.

Finally, G20 leaders released a progress report on advances within their efforts toward SDG achievement.

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