Challenges and Opportunities for the French Presidency: The G20 — 2011 and Beyond

March 8, 2011

As host of the sixth G20 summit, France is under pressure to succeed in resolving visible conflicts and delivering on the existing agenda. In partnership with Institut français des relations internationals (IFRI), CIGI co-hosted a series of meetings in Paris from November 29 to December 1, 2010, to consider the fundamental issues facing the G20. Participants concluded that the G20 needs to show it can consistently deliver on agenda results, suggesting that if it cannot define its role, it risks becoming irrelevant. This report, which includes a summary of the meetings by Deanne Leifso, papers by CIGI experts (Colin Bradford, Barry Carin, Paul Jenkins and Gordon Smith) and three Issues Notes from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, previews tasks for the French G20 presidency and considers the immediate and legacy challenges the G20 faces.

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About the Authors

A former Canadian deputy foreign minister, NATO ambassador and G7/G8 Sherpa, Gordon Smith is a leading expert on the evolution of the G20 and global summitry.

Paul Jenkins is a CIGI distinguished fellow. He contributes expertise on international policy coordination and financial stability, with a particular interest in the Group of Twenty. Previously he served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada.