Reform in global governance and international crises are on the agenda of the first meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Brazil


Rio de Janeiro will host one of the main meetings of world diplomacy, with the participation of the foreign ministers of the world's largest economies for the first G20 ministerial meeting in 2024, under the presidency of Brazil. The meeting, scheduled for the afternoon of February 21 and the morning of February 22 at the Marina da Glória, takes place at a time of great geopolitical instability, with crises developing in various regions of the world.

Among the most urgent issues that will be discussed are the situation in the Middle East and the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which continue to generate global concern in the face of the existing humanitarian crisis and the geopolitical and economic consequences of the conflicts. The probable presence of representatives from countries such as the United States, China and Russia underlines the importance of this event on the international scene.

On an official visit to Egypt on Thursday, February 15, President Lula made a joint statement with Egyptian President Abdelfatah el-Sisi. In addition to calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the Brazilian president insisted on the importance of increasing Africa's participation in international cooperation. Lula declared that "the UN does not have enough strength to prevent wars" and that the G20 can contribute to improving global governance by proposing reforms in institutions.

"At the G20, we count on Egypt's support to make the Brazilian presidency a success, especially in the two initiatives that we are going to launch, the Global Alliance against Hunger and Poverty and the Global Mobilization against Climate Change," he stressed. the Brazilian president.

Priority and urgent agendas

As Brazil seeks to expand the influence of the countries of the Global South in the G20, the challenge is to coordinate efforts in favor of more effective and inclusive global governance. The Brazilian government's agenda for the temporary presidency of the group emphasizes three priority areas: the fight against inequalities, hunger and poverty; sustainable development and energy transition; and the reform of global governance institutions.

The ministerial meeting of foreign ministers in Rio de Janeiro will serve as a forum to discuss strategies and concrete actions on these issues. One of the key aspects of the discussions will be the need to reform global governance institutions, including the UN, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund. The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has been a defender of this reform, especially in relation to the UN Security Council, which he considers insufficient to deal with current conflicts.

In addition to political and diplomatic debates, Brazil has taken on an important role on the international stage by leading the combined task force combating pirate activity in the Red Sea. This involvement highlights the country's commitment to promoting maritime security and stability in the region.

Una semana después de la reunión de los cancilleres en Río de Janeiro, São Paulo será la sede de la reunión de ministros de Finanzas y presidentes de los Bancos Centrales del G20, los días 28 y 29 de febrero, en el marco del Canal de Finanzas. La reunión irá precedida de la reunión de viceministros y vicepresidentes de los Bancos Centrales.