The United States and G20: Building a More Peaceful, Stable and, Prosperous World Together

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July 7, 2022

Secretary Blinken visits Bali, Indonesia, to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, where he will reinforce the U.S. commitment to working with key economies to advance U.S. interests and address global challenges. These challenges include: reducing food and energy insecurity; combating the climate crisis; tackling COVID -19 and strengthening global health security; and addressing the global consequences of confronting Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine. In addition to attending G20-related engagements, the Secretary will hold a bilateral meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. Secretary Blinken will also meet with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss the U.S.-PRC bilateral relationship and global issues of concern to the two countries.

The G20: An Important Forum for International Economic Policy Coordination

The G20 provides a platform for the United States to engage directly with the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies to promote U.S. interests and meet global challenges.  G20 members account for more than 80 percent of global gross domestic product, three-quarters of global trade, and two-thirds of the world’s population.  The agenda of the G20 has broadened since the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the first meeting of G20 Leaders to include political and social issues that intersect with relevant economic interests.

As the current G20 president, Indonesia is hosting the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting from July 7-8 in Bali, Indonesia.  The meeting will be the first opportunity for G20 foreign ministers to come together in person since June 2021.  The United States strongly supports Indonesia’s G20 priorities of galvanizing collective action in multilateral forums to address challenges, strengthening food and energy security, combating the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and addressing economic global instability.

Secretary Blinken will engage with his counterparts from G20 members and invited partners.

Reinforcing the United States Commitment to Multilateralism at the G20

Multilateralism is critical to mobilizing collective action to tackle global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, global health security, the climate crisis, preventing famine and food insecurity, responding to democratic backsliding and rising authoritarianism, and building a sustainable economic recovery.  The United States is committed to supporting effective and accountable multilateral forums and institutions.  We work closely with our international partners to ensure accountability for results, at both the activity and institutional levels.

A multilateral vision for advancing the rules-based international order must be based on international law and support for democracy and human rights.  We will advance peaceful, just, and inclusive societies by: defending media freedom; preserving a free and open internet; combatting corruption; exposing and countering disinformation; protecting civic space; and promoting the human rights of all people.  We commit to advancing these goals, and we call on other member states to do the same.

The United States is leading the multilateral response to the COVID-19 pandemic, committing to providing 1.2 billion doses of safe, effective vaccines to meet global needs. As of June 30, the United States has delivered more than 563 million vaccine doses to more than 115 countries through coordinated efforts with Gavi and bilateral agreements.

Food security

On food security, the United States convened in May a UN Security Council meeting and a Call to Action Ministerial to galvanize collective efforts to save lives and build greater resilience to shocks. There, we launched a roadmap for meeting global food security challenges.  It is a remarkable statement of unity that 97 countries and counting have signed on to that roadmap.  Specifically, those 97 countries, including 15 G20 members, affirmed their commitment to act with urgency, at scale, and in concert to respond to the urgent food security and nutrition needs of millions of vulnerable people around the world in seven key areas that address both immediate- and longer-term challenges.

Climate crisis

On the climate crisis, the United States will rally the world’s leading economies to meet one of the greatest global challenges by encouraging G20 members to work together toward ambitious G20 outcomes, including by seeking commitments to keep 1.5°C within reach, to submit enhanced 2030 targets aligned with the Paris Agreement temperature goal well before COP27 in November, and take other important steps to address the climate crisis such as building on the call from Glasgow to accelerate efforts towards the phasedown of unabated coal power and implementing the Global Methane Pledge.

In support of building a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery, the United States urges all creditors to fully and transparently implement the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments to avoid delays that can prolong debt overhangs and exacerbate growth shocks, and urges all members of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework process to join consensus in ending the race to the bottom and building a global tax system that is equitable and equipped to meet the needs of the 21st century global economy.

Supporting Ukraine and Addressing Global Impacts from Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion

Russia’s affront to the international rules-based order – the order that undergirds prosperity and peace for us all – cannot stand. The United States will continue to hold the Russian Federation to account for its unprovoked and unjust war of choice against Ukraine, including in multilateral institutions and bodies. Russia’s war in Ukraine makes a mockery of the UN Charter and the rules-based international system that has brought global stability and development for the past 75 years.  Russia’s war against Ukraine has delivered a fresh blow to global growth prospects and hopes for progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The United States will continue to engage with G20 and other international partners to address the immense humanitarian challenges stemming from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, especially the damaging effect the Kremlin’s war of aggression has had on global food and energy security. The G20 must hold Russia accountable now for its failure to respond to UN efforts to reopen the sea lanes for grain delivery.

The answer to meeting these challenges is close international cooperation and clear resolve to ensure such brazen aggression does not go unchecked. We must hold those responsible to account; there can be no return to business as usual with the Kremlin while it wages its unconscionable war.

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