Riyadh: Saudi Arabia today assumes officially the G20 presidency, taking over from Japan.
The Saudi presidency, which spans a year, will be crowned by the G20 leaders’ summit, to be held in Riyadh on November 21-22, 2020.
Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud said that his country’s G20 presidency would continue the work carried out in Osaka, Japan, and promoting multilateral consensus.
“Working with our G20 partners, we will strive to deliver concrete actions and realize opportunities to enable us to face the challenges of the future,” the Crown Prince said.
“Saudi Arabia is at the crossroads of three continents — Asia, Africa and Europe. In hosting the G20, the Kingdom will have an important role to play by sharing the perspective of the Middle East and North Africa region,” he added.
He said that Saudi Arabia will guide the work of the G20 under the theme of “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All” and will focus on three aims:
• Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people — especially women and young people — can live, work and thrive.
• Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts on food and water security, climate, energy and environment.
• Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term, bold strategies to share the benefits of innovation and technological advancement.