Anglican Church’s first time at the G20 World Summit!

19 June 2012

For the first time, the Anglican Church is present at a G20 summit. The event is taking place in Los Cabos, Mexico and Revd Canon Habacuc Ramos-Huerta is participating as the Anglican Alliance’s representative.

Food security and sustainable development are top of the Anglican Alliance’s agenda in Mexico.

The Anglican Alliance has facilitated the participation of the church during the preparatory activities to the summit and during the event itself. The Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church in Mexico, Revd Canon Habacuc Ramos-Huertas is calling for more food security and sustainable development.

On the first day of deliberations Rev Ramos-Huertas was present with several heads of states, including US president Barack Obama, international leaders and civil society organisations. In his first report, he describes some of the activities in which he has been involved:

  • The inaugural speech by Mexican president, Mr Felipe Calderon mentioned the need to consider the day to day concerns of the people like work and livelihoods and not only the macroeconomic issues that have dominated the public attention. He also asked participants not to set aside issues such as climate change, poverty and the green agenda.
  • A Press conference with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, who talked about the economic crisis in Greece and the need to support the European country.
  • A Panel discussion with members of civil society organisations where they emphasised not only the need for more food security but also for more nutritious food. It was also highlighted the leaders’ commitment to designate 100 millions of dollar for programmes in developing countries.

The Anglican Alliance has been working to give voice to Anglican’s demands of food security and sustainable development and will continue working to ensure our participation in all international forum that shape policies affecting the world.

A further report about Anglican G20’s involvement will be posted in the website.

In the picture: President Barack Obama, photographed at the G20 Summit by Rev Canon Habacuc for the Anglican Alliance.