The 2019 G20 Osaka summit will be the fourteenth meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) and it will be held on 28–29 June 2019 at the International Exhibition Center in Osaka, Japan
The G20 (or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union (EU). Founded in 1999 with the aim to discuss policy pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability, the G20 has expanded its agenda since 2008 and heads of government or heads of state, as well as finance ministers and foreign ministers, have periodically conferred at summits ever since.
The main focus of this weekend meeting in Osaka will be on Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, who will meet to discuss their souring trade relationship. The trade war is having an impact on global growth, with the International Monetary Fund and others warning that escalating US-China trade tensions are among the biggest threats to the world economy.
Rising tensions between the US and Iran is another issue likely to be on the minds of many at the G20 summit. This week, the US announced fresh sanctions on Iran and the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei – moves Mr Trump said were a response to recent “aggressive behaviour” by the country. Their spat has led to oil prices shooting up over fears of a conflict between Washington and Tehran.
Environmental issues are also likely to get a fair amount of attention at the G20 meeting, as the summit chair, Japan is hoping to get an agreement from G20 members on the reduction of plastic waste in the ocean.
According to the UN, If current trends continue, oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050. “Some 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced every year, and around 8 million tonnes ends up in our oceans, killing marine life and choking up our oceans with toxic chemicals”.