Norway will be a guest country in the work of the G20

Brazil invited Norway to join the team as this country now assumes the presidency of the work of the G20. – Brazil has shown great confidence in us by inviting us to contribute to the work of the G20 next year. This reflects the broad and good cooperation we have and have had with Brazil in many areas for many years, and we look forward to contributing to this work, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Brazil has invited Norway as one of eight invited countries during its G20 presidency next year. The G20 is a strategic cooperation for the world’s most important economies. These represent a total of 80% of world GDP, 75% of world trade and approximately 2/3 of the world population.

– We are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the G20. This is an opportunity for Norway to influence important decisions on the big issues of our time. The G20 countries are working, among other things, on the climate, environment and energy transition, the fight against poverty and social inequalities as well as global health issues, said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Brazilian President Lula has invited Norway as a guest country to the G20 in 2024. Photo: UN Mission in Norway / Pontus Höök

For more than 15 years, Norway has worked with Brazil to reduce deforestation in the Amazon, and President Lula has made rainforest preservation a top priority for the Brazilian government.

– Brazil says that it is, among other things, Norway’s role in forestry, climate, energy and food security that is why we are now invited as invited country in this central cooperation, says Støre.

The G20 is today a central international forum for economic cooperation, where the world’s largest and emerging economies coordinate their strategies in many areas every year.

Brazil has three priorities for its presidency of the G20: the fight against hunger, poverty and inequality, the energy transition and sustainable development, and the reform of multilateral institutions.

Next year there will be a number of working groups on themes related to finance, innovation and sustainability. In addition, Brazil plans to organize more than 20 high-level meetings. The work will lead to the summit in Rio de Janeiro in November 2024. It is expected that the heads of state of all G20 countries and special guests will participate.

– As a guest country, Norway can participate politically and professionally in all areas and meeting places covered by G20 cooperation. This will open up unique opportunities to listen and learn, as well as contribute to and influence important processes that we do not normally have easy access to, says Støre.


  • The G20 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. in addition to the EU and the AU. The presidency tours between countries.
  • The G20 constitutes a strategic and multilateral platform that connects the most important economies. The G20 has a strategic role in ensuring future global economic development and growth.
  • Collectively, the G20 countries represent 80% of global GDP, 75% of global trade and approximately two-thirds of the world’s population. G20 countries are responsible for around 80% of global CO2 emissions.
  • It is common for G20 countries to have one or more Sherpas. Sherpa meetings play a key role in leading negotiations and building consensus among countries’ political leaders.
  • At the invitation of the country holding the presidency, international and regional organizations are invited to participate in G20 cooperation, for example the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, the WHO, the WTO, the ILO and ASEAN.
  • Each year, the presidency invites a few guest countries, which fully participate in the work of the G20.
  • G20 cooperation is informal and policy decisions made by the group are not legally binding. The positions agreed within the G20 circle by the countries concerned are pursued and sought to be implemented in the relevant international organizations and in more binding processes.
  • As part of the annual G20 summits, summit declarations are prepared which summarize the most important results of the summit discussions.

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