The G20 Summit has officially kicked off with world leaders congregating in Hamburg to discuss some of the most pressing global issues.
As many of you know, the G20 is an international forum for world leaders from 20 major economies (it includes 19 countries and the European Union). The location of the summit changes every year; last year’s meeting was held in China and next year’s summit will take place in Argentina. This year, the location of the summit is Hamburg – Germany’s second-largest city and a major science, research and education hub.
When an event as large as the G20 forum takes place in a city, that city has the potential to thrive economically. More than 10,000 delegates and journalists are in Hamburg, shedding light on the city as a business and travel destination. Furthermore, world leaders and their spouses will receive tours of some of Hamburg’s most influential places.
Joachim Sauer, the husband of Chancellor Merkel, will take his guests on a tour of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) – a center of climate research.
Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz has also invited partner countries to the historic Hamburg City Hall, which was constructed in the 1890s and survived a World War II bombing in July 1943. Also on the G20 agenda is a Friday night concert in Hamburg’s brand new Elbphilharmonie, which is one of the largest and most advanced concert halls in the world. The Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (also known as the “Ode to Joy” – a piece often performed as an anthem for Europe).
By hosting the G20 summit, Hamburg may end up on the radar of both businessmen and travelers who may not have known much about the city before.
Editor, The Week in Germany