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G20 in Buenos Aires

The Group of 20 (G20) met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first time it has convened in South America. This international event brings together the leaders of the world’s largest economies. The G20 was set to discuss issues of international trade, environmental degradation, and migration.

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  • Writing: What is the purpose of the annual meeting of the G20?
  • Debate: The G20 is an important venue to discuss major international issues.
  • Poll: Are you aware of the differences between the G20 and the G7?
  • Short Answer: What are some of the reasons why the G20 in Buenos Aires might be considered successful?

Current events quiz:

1) What is the G20?

a. A forum which sees 19 leading countries and the European Union meet annually to discuss policies to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
b. A forum in which the United States and the EU meets to discuss climate change.
c. A forum in which all the countries of the European Union meet to discuss the world’s most pressing issues.
d. Another name for the United Nations.

2) Where was the G20 summit this year?

a. Washington, D.C.
b. London
c. Buenos Aires
d. Berlin

3) Which G20 country is under scrutiny after a high-profile journalist was killed in their country this year?

a. Russia
b. Saudi Arabia
c. Turkey
d. Brazil

4) The G20 leaders account for around two in three of the global population and nearly 80% of world trade. (T/F)

5) The idea for the G20 started within the G7 meeting of finance ministers in 1999 who felt they needed a more broad group to address the world’s financial challenges. (T/F)

6) One of the largest discussions this year was expected to center on climate change. (T/F)


1) A

2) C

3) B

4) T

5) T

6) T

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