Issues / What is the G20? July 2nd, 2019 Hot Topic | The G20 is taking place in Japan this weekend. But what is the G20? Here’s what you need to know: The G20 (Group of Twenty) is an international forum which consists of 20 of the biggest economies in the world. The G20 summit started in 1999 and was initially intended for finance ministers and bank governors. It was set up with the aim of achieving international financial stability and economic growth. G20 countries meet annually. The G20 became particularly important during the financial crisis of 2008 as these countries came together to try and resolve the problem. Now the leaders of the G20 countries attend, too. The group represents 2/3rds of the world's population and 85% of the world's GDP. The G20 is opposed by critics of capitalism as well as anti-globalists and nationalists. As a result, the summit is often a target for large protests. The G20 is often used as a time for political leaders to bring up promininent political topics with each other. For example, last year, Theresa May brought up the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with the Saudi Prince. Recent Articles Should we abolish private schools? What is the Iran Nuclear Deal?