World Congress Center Bonn G20 foreign ministers come to Bonn in February

Bonn · Germany currently has the G20 presidency, and in that role will play host to ministerial meetings on February 16 and 17 in Bonn. It would like to use the opportunity to strengthen international cooperation.

Germany’s new foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel will play host to the G20 ministerial meetings on February 16 and 17 in Bonn. The working meetings are a precursor to the G20 summit which will be held in Hamburg on July 7 and 8. He is inviting his colleagues to debate in the World Congress Center Bonn (WCCB) about how to get the world back into a system of multilateral order. After two weeks in office, U.S. President Donald Trump is on his way to shaking up the world order. He pulled the U.S. out of transpacific trade agreement TTP at the horror of Japan and Australia. He called NATO obsolete and in his campaigns, he expressed an aversion to multilateralism.

When he became new foreign minister of Germany, Gabriel said he was wanting to meet up with the new U.S. foreign minister, Rex Tillerson very soon to establish ties. On Wednesday, Tillerson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as foreign minister. It is generally expected that he would be coming to the G20 ministerial meetings in this role. On the agenda is climate change and this could be the first conflict. The Trump administration will probably not feel tied to the climate agreement of the G7 in 2015, which was supported by former President Obama. Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, is probably not a big friend of a departure from fossil fuels.

The G20 in Bonn wants to advance the Agenda 2030 for growth in sustainability. To that end, the UN has outlined 17 goals to be achieved by 2030, including clean water and sanitation facilities, education, climate protection, affordable and clean energy and also a fight against hunger.

In 2011, the Afghanistan peace conference was held in Bonn and that was the last time such a high-ranking delegation met here. Minister Gabriel is pleased that the two days of ministerial meetings will be held in Bonn. “The UN location of Bonn is the ideal place for our meeting. Peace and conflict prevention, sustainability and climate change, these are all things that Bonn stands for and these are all the big topics for Germany while it has presidency of the G20,” Gabriel told the General Anzeiger. “Bonn has a big and long tradition of large international conferences, and with the new conference center, a real jewel. I’m pleased to come to Bonn,” he said. (Orig. text: Holger Möhle)