Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Sweden
Before traveling to Russia, the President will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4 and 5. Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States. Sweden plays a key leadership role on the international stage, including in opening new trade and investment opportunities through the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, advancing clean technologies, and promoting environmental sustainability.
— KTH aktuellt (@KTHinfo) August 30, 2013
The G20 was created in December 1999 in response to the financial crises affecting the emerging countries in the late 1990s. The initial aim was to have the finance ministers and central bank governors of the industrialised and emerging countries meet once a year to facilitate international economic policy cooperation.
Confronted with the deepest economic and financial crisis since World War II, the G20 went into high gear in late 2008 at the initiative of France, the holder of the rotating EU presidency at the time. What emerged was an economic steering body that brought together the world’s major political leaders at the highest level. At the pioneering Washington Summit in November 2008, heads of States and governments agreed on an extraordinary plan of action to prevent the financial system and the global economy from collapsing.
The 8th G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held on September 5-6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
G20 Russia: http://www.g20.org/en
President Obama’s Sweden, G20 Russia Travel Schedule
Tuesday, September 3
President Obama departs Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday, September 4
President Obama is welcomed to Stockholm, Sweden
President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden
President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden
President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden
Thursday, September 5
President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden
President Obama departs Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session on growth and the global economy, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Friday, September 6
President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders session on investing in growth and Summit session on investing in growth and jobs, Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders family photo
Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders working lunch on growth and trade, Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama participates in a press conference, Konstantinovsky Palace,, Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama meets with human rights activists and LGBT rights groups, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia
President Obama returns to Washington, DC