A group of students from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield will attend the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit, which will be the eleventh G20 meeting. It will be held on 4–5 September 2016 in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang. It is the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China.
Students selected to attend under the Global Leadership Initiative will work as policy analysts, writing policy briefs and blogs for the Global Policy Journal, pertaining to discussions held at sessions at the summit.
G20 was initiated in 1999 and consists of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (EU).
Before the outbreak of global financial crisis in 2008, G20 meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors were held to discuss international financial and monetary policies, reform of international financial institutions and world economic development. The first G20 Leaders’ Summit was held in 2008. In September 2009, the Pittsburgh Summit announced G20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation, marking an important progress in global economic governance reform.