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Jakarta Post

Post G20: Reflections and takeaways

  • Muhammad Hadianto


Jakarta   /   Fri, December 21, 2018   /  10:38 am
Post G20: Reflections and takeaways Patrial truce: United States President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

The 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires concluded in a spirit of consensus. While some would argue that the final declaration was, to many extent, watered-down, for many it was a better-than-nothing outcome so long as it captures the consensus on high importance including climate change, trade, refugees and migration, as well as those relatively non-contentious issues such as digitalization, development and education. 

Having participated directly in the process, I would like to share some reflections. These include the working methods, the role of the summit’s leadership as well as the agenda setting.

The G20 is known to be an informal, non-binding, and consensus-based dialogue forum. It possesses no secretariat to record meeting results and their follow-ups. The accountability of the forum rests on the voluntary compliance of its members. 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.