The membership of the G20 brings together major economies from all regions of the world. Additionally, each year, a number of guest countries are invited to the G20 summit and other meetings. This provides other countries an opportunity to participate in discussions and bring their views to the table. The selection of guests reflects the G20’s interest in consulting with countries beyond the G20 membership so as to understand fully their economic challenges and how they experience changes in the global economy. Guests typically include Spain (as an agreed permanent guest), the Chair of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the head of the African Union and the head of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in addition to countries invited by the G20 President reflecting its regional relationships.
International organisations play an important role in the G20 and contribute quality analysis and advice on G20 priorities. These organisations include:
- the Financial Stability Board
- the International Labour Organization
- the International Monetary Fund
- the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- the United Nations
- the World Bank
- the World Trade Organization.
Representatives of international organisations are invited to attend relevant G20 meetings.