Belém, Brazil Hosts G20 Social International Meetings Today

Two G20 Social Engagement Groups will meet in the capital of the northern Brazilian state of Pará from June 16 to 19. One group represents the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI20), while the other represents the youth (Y20).

The G20 social groups have selected Belém as the venue for their meetings. This year's G20 agenda will focus on sustainability and the value of Brazilian regional identities, with delegates from many countries in attendance.

The SAI20 will hold its third Summit since the EG's inception on June 16-18 while the Youth20 will hold its Pre-Summit on June 17-19, both in preparation for the Engagement Groups final event in August in Rio de Janeiro. The Minister of Cities, Jader Barbalho Filho, will attend both meetings.

A symbol of global debate in recent years due to its location as the entry point to the Amazon Rainforest, the world's largest rainforest, Belém will host the 30th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP30) next year. With over half of its land under protection, Pará hosted the Amazon Summit last year, which included the heads of state of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela-the eight nations that make up the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (Organização do Tratado de Cooperação Amazônica - OTCA).

SAI20 Summit

The third SAI20 Summit aims to issue a Communiqué addressing critical issues such as climate finance, energy transitions, and the fight against hunger and poverty. This document reflects the positions and recommendations of the world's largest audit institutions and will be presented to the heads of state and government at the General Summit in Rio de Janeiro this November.

"The topics covered align with the goals that motivate quick action not only in Brasil, but all over the world. The supreme audit institutions play an important role in broadening the dialog between governments and other entities, as well as proposing, disseminating, and making transparent practical actions," said Bruno Dantas, president of the Brazilian Federal Court of Accounts (TCU), who will attend the three-day conference.

The event is organized by the TCU, which is in charge of the Engagement Groups during the Brazilian presidency. More than a hundred international representatives and national authorities are expected to attend and participate in various panels with experts from around the world. In addition to the Communiqué's conclusion, the collaboration between SAI20 and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) will be discussed.

Youth 20 Pre-Summit

The Pre-Summit is set to occur prior to the Youth Summit, scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro from August 12 to 17. The Pre-Summit will bring together international delegations from G20 and OTCA countries and unions, as well as representatives from all Brazilian states, including national authorities, environmental activists, and youth leaders. In addition to the Minister of Cities, the Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Márcio Macêdo, is also among the confirmed participants.

The opening ceremony will take place at the symbolic Theatro da Paz, followed by activities at the Hangar - Centro de Convenções e Feiras da Amazônia and the Usina da Paz - Cabanagem. A general session for up to 450 people is scheduled for the second day of the event. Prior to this, six concurrent tables will be held, five of which will be used for debates by the young delegates; the sixth table will be dedicated to the international Y20 negotiation. Regional cultural interventions are also scheduled for the three days of the meeting.

"The Pre-Summit reinforces Brasil's leading role and commitment to the international agenda and to social participation, allowing a deep connection between the G20, as the main intergovernmental mechanism formed with a view to dialogue, the establishment of agreements and common policies, especially in the economic area, and COP30, as the main mechanism for dialogue and negotiation on climate change," said Ronald Sorriso, National Secretary for Youth.

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