Assessing the G20 virtual summit

Matthew P. Goodman, Stephanie Segal and Mark Sobel, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Image by jraffin from Pixabay
Image by jraffin from Pixabay

Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) countries, representing 85 percent of the global economy, met by videoconference on March 26 to discuss the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic disruptions. In it, leaders committed to doing “whatever it takes” to overcome the pandemic and laid out a number of individual and collective actions to address the health crisis, bolster the global economy, and assist countries in distress. However, the statement lacked concrete proposals, and questions remain about the extent to which major economies are committed to following through with a concerted international response to the crisis.

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