World leaders, including Obama and Putin, gather for a family photo after a plenary session at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) World leaders gathered for family photo after a plenary session of the G20 summit in Brisbane on Saturday (November 15). G20 host Australia had hoped that the two-day summit would focus on global economic growth, not security or the environment. However, earlier comments from U.S. President Barack Obama and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy suggest that security will be the dominant theme. Earlier, Obama said Russia's aggression against Ukraine was "appalling" and a threat to the world, while European nations threatened further sanctions against Moscow if it did not end the flow of weapons and troops. The G20 is made up of 19 individual countries - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United States - and the 28-member European Union (EU). The group, holding a summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 15-16, accounts for 80 per cent of world trade and 85 per cent of global economic production. Its leaders have regularly pledged to roll back new measures introduced to protect their own national economies since the 2008 crisis, and trade diplomats say they are likely to renew such assurances in Brisbane.