United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Buenos Aires from New York, on Thursday morning, 29 November.
Later that afternoon, he held a press conference at his hotel, after which he met with the United Nations country team. In the early evening, the Secretary‑General met with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
On Friday morning, the Secretary-General was part of a tripartite meeting and joint press conference with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China. This meeting was held at the Costa Salguero Center on the margins of the G20 Summit.
At noon, the Secretary-General took part in the official welcome and G20 family photo. He then spoke at the session on “Putting People First-Global economy; the future of work; women’s empowerment.” (See Press Release SG/SM/19376.)
After the session, the Secretary-General met with the Xi Jinping, the President of China. This was followed by a joint meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness.
He then attended the second session of the Summit entitled “Building consensus – International trade, international financial and tax system.”
He also met that day with the President of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa.
That evening, the Secretary-General attended a gala at the Teatro Colon. There, he took part in a family photo, which was followed by a cultural performance and a Leaders’ dinner.
On Saturday morning, 1 December, the Secretary-General spoke at the Summit session titled, “Building Consensus – Sustainable development, climate sustainability.” (See Press Release SG/SM/19382.)
At noon, he met with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, followed by a meeting with Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
He then attended the session on “Embracing Opportunities: Infrastructure; energy transition; a sustainable food future.”
In the early afternoon, he attended the Adoption of the G20 Communiqué, which was followed by closing remarks by Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and a presentation of “G20 Japan 2019” by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Secretary-General recorded a short video on the outcome of the Summit before heading to the airport on Saturday evening. He departed from Buenos Aires and flew straight to Katowice, Poland to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference.