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G20 Could Lead to Energy, Corruption Breakthroughs

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A number of breakthroughs, including the spheres of economic growth, taxation, infrastructure and trade facilitation could be expected at the G20 summit currently underway in Brisbane, Australia.

WASHINGTON, November 16 (Sputnik), Anastasia Sheveleva – A number of breakthroughs could be expected at the G20 summit currently underway in Brisbane, Australia.

Founder and co-director of G20 Research Group at University of Toronto John Kirton told Sputnik Saturday that the breakthroughs are likely to include the establishment of foundations for a new global energy regime and international corruption court.

"The biggest surprise [of the G20 summit] will be setting foundations for a new global energy regime, the one which puts the world on [a] path towards more energy efficiency to clean energy to using energy supply advanced systems to help combat climate change," Kirton said.

According to Kirton, that decision will overshadow all other agreements in the spheres of economic growth, taxation, infrastructure and trade facilitation, which have been reached even before the G20 leaders arrived for the summit, as the expert explained.

"All the [G20] leaders have to do is tick that box and get their picture taken," Kirton said.

The G20 Research Group founder added, however, that another important aspect of the Brisbane summit could be the taking of first steps to create a global organization to combat corruption.

"It would basically mean that if you engage in corruption and cross international borders, you would be treated the same way as criminals at home by an international organization with sufficient powers," Kirton said, explaining that an international corruption court would be similar to the international criminal court in taking firmer action against corruption.

Over the weekend, the city of Brisbane has seen world leaders and around 4,000 delegates visiting Australia in a bid to find a solution to a number of world issues. Global financial recovery, the Ebola virus epidemic and climate change are among the challenges discussed during the two-day summit.

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