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An Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders' Summit was convened on 26 March 2020 to discuss the challenges posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and to forge a global coordinated response.

•    G20 is the premier forum of governments & central bank governors forinternational economic cooperation”, representing 85% of the global GDP. It aims to achieverobust global economic growth.
•    Created by the G7 countries, G20 is formally known as the “Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy”.
•    In 2008, the inaugural G20 Summit was held in Washington, D.C. in response to the global financial crisis. Since the Pittsburgh summit 2009, the summit meetings were held semi annually until 2010 and annually from 2011 onwards.
•    Focused areas in 2019 Summit were Sustainable & Inclusive Economic Growth, Trade & Investment, Innovation (e.g. Society 5.0), Environment & Energy, Inclusive Employment, Women Empowerment, Development, Health.
•    The host cities for 2020, 2021, 2022 Summits are Riyadh, Bari & New Delhi respectively.
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    PM of India stressed the need to look at globalisation and multilateralism not just through the prism of economic and financial issues, but also through humanitarian aspects, in order to address future pandemics effectively.
    G20 countries committed to injecting over $5 trillion into global economy to counter the social and economic impact Covid-19.
    The leaders also committed to provide immediate resources to the WHO’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the Norway-based vaccine de Coalition for Epidemic preparedness and Innovation (CEPI), and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on a voluntary basis.
    Leaders also committed to use all available policy tools to minimize the economic and social cost of the pandemic and to restore global growth, market stability and strengthening resilience.

The WHO initially did not have the mandate to deal with a pandemic of this sort, which is why empowering of WHO is necessary, be it in terms of its capacity of early warning or development of effective vaccines, or capacity-building. Global Organisations like G20 can take steps in direction.