The second G20 Sherpa meeting, chaired by Australia’s G20 Sherpa Dr Heather Smith, concluded today in Uluru with important progress made on the key issues that will drive global economic growth. Sherpas are the personal representatives of G20 Leaders and are responsible for providing advice to their leaders throughout the G20 year. Their task is to do the policy groundwork and build consensus on important issues ahead of the November Leaders Summit, chaired by the Prime Minister.
G20 Sherpas had a unique introduction to meetings in Uluru this week, receiving a traditional welcome to country by a local senior elder representing the Lands. Welcome to country ceremonies are performed across Australia by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to welcome visitors onto traditional land.
Dr Heather Smith, Australian Sherpa: Uluru is a very special place, it’s a place that is world heritage listed but it’s particularly important because it’s a sacred site and a very important site to the peoples here. So to kick off our meeting in Uluru, I’d like to introduce Alison Hunt to you who will welcome us and do a welcome to country.