Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray attended the G20 Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Buenos Aires, Argentina from May 20-21.
The event began with a meeting between the foreign ministers and President Mauricio Macri who as G20 president for 2018 extended a welcome to the group.
At a working dinner, the foreign ministers discussed the nature and future of the G20 as the leading forum for coordinating global economic and financial governance.
The foreign ministers also commented on the importance of multilateralism and international organizations in the increasingly complex global scenario. Mexico will continue to defend multilateralism as the best way to achieve international peace and stability and to create better living conditions for our societies.
During the session on multilateralism and global governance, the South Korean representative publicly acknowledged Mexico's decision to expel the North Korean ambassador last year, calling it an act of solidarity that had a positive impact on the situation on the Korean peninsula.
The foreign ministers also exchanged views on the role the G20 should play to achieve fair and sustainable development based on the 2030 Agenda and on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, they discussed the priorities of Argentina's G20 presidency: the future of work, infrastructure for development and a sustainable food future.
Secretary Videgaray underscored the impact of new technologies in sustainable development, especially artificial intelligence. He said that Mexico had presented a resolution to the UN General Assembly last year on this topic to enable debate on the impact of technology on the future of work, international peace and security and human rights.
He also invited all G20 members to participate in the work co-chaired by Mexico and Japan this year in the UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, and he ended by saying that the G20 clearly has a role to play in this area.
This is the third time the G20 Foreign Ministers have met. The first time was in 2012 during the Mexican G20 presidency and the second time was in 2017 during the German presidency.
During the G20 meeting, Foreign Secretary Videgaray also attended the 12th MIKTA Foreign Ministers Meeting to discuss strategies for enhancing the MIKTA forum for dialogue. He also held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Germany, Heiko Maas; Saudi Arabia, Adel Al Jubeir; and the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson; and with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.