Video message by Manuela Schwesig, Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Stable economic systems are essential to make states and society durable for crises and to open up long-term perspectives for economic growth. The G20 aims to increase the resilience of national economies and the global economy by intensifying cooperation in trade and investment, by securing stable and transparent financial markets, and by advancing fair tax systems and better job opportunities.
Growth is important, but future growth development has to improve the global quality of life and prosperity instead of undermining them. By introducing the Agenda 2030, the United Nations have provided a framework for political action which enables future generations to shape and design their own future in a responsible fashion. A central objective of the G20 summit is the elaboration of policies that make it possible to meet the Agenda’s targets in areas such as climate protection, sustainable energy supply, digitalization, health promotion policy, and gender equality.
The G20 states have a particular responsibility to assume a leading role in shaping future global development. In many political and social areas stable solutions will only work out if they are developed and supported on an international level. This applies, for example, to the situation of refugees and migrants, to the fight against terrorism, corruption and money laundering, the improvement of global food security, and the creation of future prospects for the African continent. The participating countries of the G20 summit will discuss how to use their particular role in the international community to initiate and advance solutions.
Berlin’s appeal lies not only in its status as a world-class European capital city, but also as a centre for extraordinary historic events. This was where a divided world first came together after the end of the Cold War. And it’s still home to much discussion about the future – a liberal hub of international youth culture, Berlin will play host to this year’s Y20 Summit.