The G-20 Seoul Speakers' Consultation has officially begun at the National Assembly in the South Korean capital, Seoul. The three-day conference is the second of its kind following an inaugural session in Canada in September.
The meeting brings together representatives from countries like India, Japan, the European Union and China under the main theme of "Safe World, Better Future." The parliamentary leaders and representatives are set to talk about three main issues: they are parliamentary cooperation for world peace and anti-terrorism, assistance for developing nations, and international cooperation for joint growth in the post-financial crisis era.
The gathering is drawing attention as many are concerned about international security, following the death of Osama bin Laden along with the ongoing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.
The meeting is also expected to discuss Japan's nuclear crisis after the devastating quake and tsunami on March 11th. The Speakers' Consultation chairman, South Korean parliamentary speaker Park Hee-tae underlined the importance of the meeting.
Park Hee-Tae, South Korean Parliamentary Speaker, said, "Now mankind is facing very serious and important matters such as global natural disasters, poverty, terrorism, climate change and stable management of nuclear energy."
The G20 was established in 1999, in the wake of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. It is expected to bring together major advanced and emerging economies to stabilize the global financial market.
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