Riyadh, Nov 21 (RAHNUMA) The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud opened the G20 Riyadh Summit with a speech on delivering significant results that will restore hope and reassurance to the people of the world.
Addressing the meeting the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, said:
Your Majesties, Your Excellencies, Your Highnesses,
Peace be with you,
We would like to welcome you to the Riyadh Summit, our second summit this year. It is unfortunate that we are
unable to host you in-person in Riyadh, due to the exceptional circumstances that we are all facing this year. Still,
we are delighted to see you all today, and we thank you for your participation.
This has been an extraordinary year. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented shock that affected the entire world within a short period of time, causing global economic and social losses.
Our peoples and economies are still suffering from this shock. However, we will do our best to overcome this crisis through international
• We have expressed our commitment during our Extraordinary Summit to urgently mobilize resources
and we all pledged, at the onset of the crisis, over $21 billion to support the global efforts to combat this
• We also took extraordinary measures to support our economies by injecting over $11 trillion to support
individuals and businesses.
• We also extended our social safety nets to protect those prone to losing their jobs or source of income.
To this end, we have provided emergency support to the developing countries, including the G20 Debt
Service Suspension Initiative to low-income countries.
We have a duty to rise to the challenge together during this summit and give a strong message of hope and
reassurance to our peoples through adopting policies to mitigate this crisis.
The theme of our Presidency is Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All. Although the COVID-19
pandemic has forced us to adjust our focus rapidly to face its repercussions, the subject areas under this general
theme, namely: Empowering People, Safeguarding the Planet, and Shaping New Frontiers, remain essential to
overcome this global challenge and shape a better future for our people.
In the near future, we must address the vulnerabilities exposed by COVID-19, while working to protect lives and
• Although we are optimistic about the progress made in developing vaccines, therapeutics and
diagnostics tools for COVID-19, we must work to create the conditions for affordable and equitable access
to these tools for all peoples. At the same time, we must prepare better for any future pandemic.
• We must also continue to support the global economy and reopen our economies and borders to
facilitate the mobility of trade and people.
• We must provide support to the developing countries in a coordinated manner to maintain the
the development already achieved over the past decades.
Beyond that, we need to continue laying the basic foundations for a robust, sustainable, and inclusive growth.
• We need to promote access to opportunity for all, especially women and youth to enhance their roles in
the society and in the job market through education, training, job creation, as well as supporting
entrepreneurship, strengthening financial inclusion, and bridging the digital gaps among individuals.
• We also need to create the conditions for a more sustainable economy. Therefore, we have advocated
the Circular Carbon Economy as an effective approach for achieving our climate goals and ensuring
cleaner, more sustainable, and affordable energy systems.
• We must lead the international community in preserving and conserving our environment. In this
context, we advocate the need to combat land degradation and conserve coral reefs and biodiversity to
send a strong signal about our commitment to safeguard our planet.
• Realizing that trade is a key driver of economic recovery, we have adopted the Riyadh Initiative on the Future of the WTO, with the aim of making the multilateral trading system more capable to face any
present or future challenges.
The G20 leaders met for the first time twelve years ago in response to the financial crisis. The outcomes achieved are ample proof that the G20 is the most prominent forum for international cooperation and for tackling global crises.
Today, we are working together again to face another, deeper global crisis, that has ravaged people and
With our coming together once more, I am confident that the Riyadh Summit will deliver significant and decisive
results and will lead to adopting economic and social policies that will restore hope and reassurance to the people of the world.
May peace be with you