G20 foreign ministers have called for multilateral cures for global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change at their first face-to-face meeting in two years.
The one-day gathering in the heat-soaked southern Italian city of Matera focused on how to improve co-operation, revive the world’s economy following the pandemic and boost development in Africa.
“The pandemic has highlighted the need for an international response to emergencies that transcend national boundaries,” Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told the ministers from the Group of 20 major economies.
The G20 members account for more than 80 per cent of world gross domestic product, 75 per cent of global trade and 60 per cent of the population of the planet.
Those in Matera included the top diplomats of the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany and India.
However, the foreign ministers of Australia, Brazil and China opted to follow the discussions by video link…