Hamburg becomes the first city in Germany to host the G20 summit of heads of state and governments when it get underway in July. In 2015, the G7/G8 summit was held in Heiligendamm and Schloss Elmau near Munich. The Messe Hamburg meets all the logistic and security technical demands made by a G20 summit. International events are hosted on the fairgrounds throughout the year. On February 12, 2016 Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany, as chair of the G20, (Group of Twenty), would host the summit in Hamburg.
Countries participating in G20 summit
Apart from the G7 countries including France, Germany, Britain, the United States, Japan and Canada, heads of state and governments from the G20 including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the European Union (EU) will also be attending the summit. Spain also has a permanent guest status. The G20 summit is regularly attended by international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The heads of regional organisations such as the African Union (AU), the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development have also been invited to the summit.