Terrorism, world trade and climate protection - the first day summit of the G20 leaders.
G20 United against international terror

First Day of G20 Hamburg

Closer cooperation in counter-terrorism – the leaders of the G20 in Hamburg agreed in a joint statement. Working sessions also focused on trade policy and global growth. In the evening, a concert of the Philharmonic State Orchestra in the “Elphi” is on the program.

The International terrorism knows no boundaries and is “a threat to all of us”. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel said this in a press conference after the work of the first summit in Hamburg. The issue affected both free trade and economic growth. Among the summit participants, it was agreed that the G20 would have to deal with it.

Better information exchange in the fight against terrorism
Had been agreed to cooperate more closely within the framework of the United Nations. According to the Chancellor, it is also important to exchange information much better in the future. This refers to the work of Interpol, but the data sources of other countries should also be used.

With regard to the financing of terrorism, the work of the Financial Action Task Force must be strengthened, Merkel emphasized. There is also a need for a better exchange on how financing sources of terrorists can be more effectively dried out. It is also necessary to take into account the mechanisms of radicalization to prevent terrorism.

Merkel said that “the topic of internet and terrorism has been talked about” very intensively “. It is expected that providers of communication platforms on the network quickly delete terrorist information, the Chancellor reaffirmed. Merkel described the possibilities of encrypted communication using messenger services as a major problem used by terrorists. It is necessary to be able to better examine the exchange of terrorists in suspicion.

Time for urgent economic reforms
Chancellor Merkel also commented on the situation of the global economy. The issue had also played a role in the working sessions, as did financial market regulation and trade. The world economy is currently in a quieter waters than ten years ago, Merkel said. This also means “that now is the time to carry out necessary reforms”. Specifically, the chancellor described the field of labor market reforms.

Trade and Climate: Difficult discussions
In the area of trade policy, the discussions are “very difficult, because I do not want to talk about it,” the Chancellor said. The need for free and fair trade, as well as the importance of the World Trade Organization (WTO), should be emphasized.

In climate policy Merkel expressed her regret that the US would leave the Paris agreement. At the summit talks, there was a majority of the assent to the fulfillment of Agenda 2030.

Violence outbreaks: Merkel thanks security forces
Finally Chancellor Merkel also went on the violence outbreak on the edge of the G20 summit in the Hansestadt. “I have every understanding for peaceful demonstrations,” she said. The violent protests, on the other hand, endangered human life, would put policemen and residents at risk and simply “not accept”. Merkel thanked the security forces “very warmly” for their commitment, which she described as “very hard service”.

“The greater the load, the stronger the node”
In the morning the Chancellor had welcomed the heads of state and government of the G20 member states in the exhibition halls. The theme of the subsequent “meeting” was the fight against terrorism. In the early afternoon, the family photo followed with all the actors involved.

In her welcoming speech, Merkel pointed out the symbolic significance of the cross-knot logo of the German G20 presidency. The maritime scene came from the place of the meeting. “The bigger the load becomes, the stronger this node,” Merkel said with a view to the pressing challenges of the G20. The motto “Create a networked world” also points to the need for cooperation.

Often only in compromise
The Chancellor thanked the Sherpas for the work they had done in preparing the summit. She also thanked the many groups from civil society, such as women, youth, science, business and trade unions, for their commitment in the run-up to the Hamburg meeting. In addition, many international organizations of the G20 had helped a lot with good materials, which would be included in the summit discussions as a basis for discussion, said the Chancellor.

Merkel said: “We know that time is pressing, so solutions can often only be found if we are willing to compromise and move towards one another without bending too much.”

G20 is aware of great responsibility
The G20 states represented, among other things, two-thirds of the world’s population, four-fifths of world GDP three-quarters of world trade, the Chancellor underlined. “It’s right for those who are not around to expect us to work properly.”
The trade policy topic of the first working session in the afternoon was global growth. The second session was devoted to sustainable development, climate change and energy.

In addition to the members of the G20 meetings, international organizations regularly participate in the G20 meetings at the invitation of the respective presidencies, including the IMF, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations in Hamburg. As a permanent guest at the G20 summit, Spain participates. The German Presidency has also invited Norway, the Netherlands and Singapore as partner countries to the G20 process. The African Union (AU), the Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) and the New Partnership for the Development of Africa (NEPAD) are also participating in the Hamburg Summit.