I am sitting in the press pit at the G20 in Mexico and as the Eurozone and the election in Greece threaten to wipe development off the agenda here yet again, CAFOD’s economics analyst Tina Weller has quite a lot to say. So I am handing over to her for a few words:
This week in Los Cabos in Mexico heads of state from the G20 nations are meeting. Every year this meeting is crucial – it is a focal moment for discussion and action on economic and financial reform and improving the structures that feed into both, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and it is a moment when multilateral decisions and progress can be made on issues vital to the wellbeing and flourishing of the poorest, such as food security and development.
At the end of the G20, Nicolas Sarkozy’s frustration at the UK’s stance on a number of issues, including the financial transaction, or Robin Hood tax, was evident. During journalists’ questions at the final communiqué press conference, the BBC’s Paul Mason got short shrift from the French President.
It’s the G20 in Cannes this week. You’ve got to love the French for putting the summit in one of the most glamorous towns on the Cote d’Azur, but I suppose they’re versed in security down there, what with the film festival and all. I expect it’s pretty similar logistics ensuring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can move safely from uber-yacht to La Croisette to the Carlton Hotel, as it will be for the 20 wealthiest nation heads of state to shuffle to the convention centre.