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Embassy Hosts Conference with Major Global Policymakers

Embassy Hosts Conference with Major Global Policymakers

Published on November 30, 2011

Opening speech by Ambassador of France, François Delattre

On Tuesday, November 29, Ambassador François Delattre hosted a conference with leading figures in global policymaking at the French Embassy. Called “The G-20 and the New Global Order,” the seminar focused on the Group of 20’s role as an international body of the world’s leading economies and their capacity to implement a coordinated response to the post-2008 financial crisis and other world issues.

The event featured a panel discussion with former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Lawrence Summers, and Diplomatic Advisor to President Sarkozy, Jean-David Levitte, as well as Kemal Dervish, former Minister of Economic Affairs and the Treasury of Turkey, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.

Stressing the importance of the G20’s portfolio of issues, Mr. Summers termed the current moment "the most serious juncture in global finance since World War II."

For his part, Mr. Levitte lauded the organization’s activities despite its short history . "Three years ago, the G20 didn’t exist," Levitte said. The former French ambassador to the U.S. also emphasized the successes of the European Union integration process, despite setbacks. Thanks to the EU, Europe has enjoyed the "longest stretch of peacetime" in European history, Levitte said.

Amb. Delattre provided opening remarks alongside Romuald Sciora, Founder and Director of the French-American Global Forum, which organized the event. The discussion was moderated by James Traub, columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine and Contributing Writer to The New York Times Magazine.

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