>Pittsburgh to host the Next G-20 Summit


We were excited to learn yesterday that Pittsburgh would be the host of the next G-20 economic summit (which will be held on September 24-25, 2009). The world’s attention will be focused on on our region as delegates from twenty of the world’s top economies meet at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, “White House officials expect delegations from 25 nations to attend… The U.S. delegation will have about 250 people, the United Kingdom’s delegation will have about 150 and the remaining groups each will have roughly 50, he said. About 2,000 members of the media are expected.”

While city officials are beginning to sort out the logistics and security necessary for a meeting of this caliber, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is also planning. The Council will likely host at least one “Summit Preview” program for adults in the community, and one “large-scale” school program about the G-20 in mid-September. Stay tuned for details!!

For more information about the upcoming G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, please see the following articles:

To learn more about the G-20, check out “What is the G-20” and “The Group of 20.”
To learn more about the Pittsburgh region, visit GlobalPittsburgh and ImaginePittsburgh.

2 Comments on “>Pittsburgh to host the Next G-20 Summit”

  1. >World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh President, Dr. Schuyler Foerster, was quoted in the Tribune Review about the upcoming G20 Summit in Pittsburgh.The summit is a chance to change those reactions by drawing “a lot of attention to the city that I think is well-deserved,” said Schuyler Foerster, president of the World Affairs Council.”International partners repeatedly have looked to Pittsburgh as a model for how to come out of the Industrial Age and into the Information Age, the age of service industries and high-tech. Repeatedly. That is not an overstatement,” Foerster said. “It’s going to bring a whole lot of foreign leaders who will see the city in a way they’ve never seen it before — and many have never seen it at all.”That attention draws protesters and the possibility of international embarrassment. Thousands flooded London’s streets during the April G-20 summit.”There are obviously a lot of issues here,” Foerster said. “We are in an economic implosion that has affected nearly every single person on this planet. It’s seizing everybody’s minds. This is about a seismic shift in the way global finances are done. All the old instruments are in question. … If there weren’t protests, I’d be surprised.”Read the full article here: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_627259.html

  2. >Dr. Foerster spoke to KDKA’s Jon Delano about Pittsburgh’s “Renaissance” and the G-20 summit. Watch the video here: Laughter By White House Press Corps Insulting (KDKA)

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