2010 G-20 Seoul summit preparations
The 2010 G-20 Seoul summit preparations encompasses all the work which precedes the fifth summit of the G-20 heads of government in discussion of financial markets and the world economy, which will take place at Seoul, South Korea during November 11–12, 2010.
The G20 summit is not construed as having a global governance role, primarily in helping to establish a new agenda to respond to new challenges.
Planning for the summit encompasses nested aspects of the event, e.g.,
- Developing an understanding of each country’s perspective and ensuring that it is reflected in the agenda 
- Preparing and coordinating the venue, facilities and staff required 
- Organizing arrivals, departures and accommodations 
- Coordination with international organizations, academia, research centers, NGOs, media, government departments, and local governments 
- Media Center, including support for members of the press 
In November, sherpas representing the summit participants will have preparatory meetings to put the finishing touches on summit planning.
Pre-summit events are scheduled in an orderly timeline as follows:
- November 11–12 (Seoul): G20 summit
- November 10–11 (Seoul): Business summit scheduled on the periphery of the G-20 Summit. Planners anticipate that chief executives of the top 20 business firms of the G-20 member nations will attend.
- October 22–23 (Gwangju): G20 Finance Ministers' and Central Bank Governors' Meeting
- September 4–5 (Gyeongju): G20 Deputies' Meeting
- July — Former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor attended the preparatory meeting in Korea as the representative of the Club of Madrid, which is an organization of former democratically elected heads of state.
Events for spouses
Plans were developed for the wives of leaders attending the conference. Michelle Obama, wife of the President of the United States, and Carla Bruni, wife of the President of France, announced in early November that they would not be able to participate.
In conjunction with the Seoul summit, three artificial islands and venues are being built at a cost of 96.4 billion won. The international leaders will meet on islands in the midst of the Han River between the Banpo and Dongjak bridges in Seoul.
The islands will be connected via a secured bridge and located between the Banpo Bridge and Dongjak Bridge. The three artificial islands will be home to the main convention hall with restaurants and a park. Initial work is expected to be completed by September.
Website, logo, and slogan
The initial publicly visible preparatory steps were in the creation of a website. After four months of test runs, the online venue became a platform for announcing the choice of a summit logo, which was chosen out of 2,279 entries in an open contest. The Korean lantern logo represents light shining in the dark and also the light which welcomes guests. This forward-looking theme is repeated in the official Korean slogan — "with people to the world; with the world to the future." The logo incorporates an image of the sun rising over the sea, and the 20 rays coming from the center represent the 20 members of the meeting.
The South Korean People National Police Agency (NPA) created a special police unit as part of its efforts to enhance security at the G-20 summit. Th NPA-lead security committee will coordinate the work of 25 government-related agencies, including:
- Presidential Security Service
- National Intelligence Service
- Ministry of National Defense
- National Emergency Management Agency
This security will limit access some parts of the summit islands. The waters of the Han River will be closely monitored.
World leaders attending this summit will stay at various hotels around Seoul, but, for security reasons, the press have been discouraged from writing about this aspect of summit preparations.
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