As part of its commitment to supporting the G20 process through thoughtful analysis and discussion of challenges facing the global economy, CIGI hosted the conference, The New Geometry of Global Summitry: The Future of the G20 (and the G8), from May 2 to 4, 2011. This conference report, written by Peter Heap, summarizes the key topics considered by conference participants, including:  the G20’s position as a “global steering group” and the related issue of ensuring legitimacy; global governance challenges and the need for summitry; the future roles of the G8, the UN and the G20; and items under consideration for the G20’s agenda in 2012 and beyond.

Peter Heap is a senior researcher at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria

  • Peter Heap is a senior researcher at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. A former foreign service officer, assistant deputy minister with the federal and British Columbia governments, and director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy, he is the author of Globalization and Summit Reform: An Experiment in International Governance.