2020 in politics and government

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List of years in politics and government

Events pertaining to world affairs in 2020, national politics, public policy, government, world economics, and international business, that took place in various nations, regions, organizations, around the world in 2020.



Scheduled events[edit]

History by world issue[edit]

Note: This section is provided for issue-based overviews in narrative format, if desired.

Climate change[edit]

In December 2019, the World Meteorological Organization released its annual climate report revealing that climate impacts are worsening. [53] They found the global sea temperatures are rising as well as land temperatures worldwide. 2019 is the last year in a decade that is the warmest on record. [54]

Global carbon emissions hit a record high in 2019, even though the rate of increase slowed somewhat, according to a report from Global Carbon Project. [55]

BlackRock global money management firm Chief Executive Larry Fink said in January 2020 that climate change "has become a defining factor in companies' long-term prospects... and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance."[56]

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Specific situations[edit]

Countries and regions[edit]


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Draft articles[edit]

See also related draft articles at: Draft:2020 in Europe politics and government, Draft:2020 in Mideast politics and government, Category:Drafts about contemporary events

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Articles on specific world issues[edit]

US-Iran conflict[edit]


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  2. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50956111 US Baghdad embassy attacked by protesters angry at air strikes. 31 December 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50966958 US embassy attack: Protesters withdraw after standoff in Iraq.
  4. ^ Brenden O'Brien (Dec 24, 2019). "Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on New Year's Day". Reuters.
  5. ^ These Major New Laws Take Effect Today By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman, HuffPost, Jan 1,2020
  6. ^ [https://finance.yahoo.com/news/overtime-rules-lower-chinese-tariffs-and-more-6-new-regulations-taking-effect-jan-1-184911346.html Overtime rules, lower Chinese tariffs and more: 6 new regulations taking effect Jan. 1 Ben Werschkul, Yahoo Finance, December 30, 2019.
  7. ^ 'Entire Species Are Being Wiped Out': Ecologists Say Half a Billion Animals May Have Been Killed by Australia Wildfires byJake Johnson, Common Dreams, Jan 2, 2020
  8. ^ https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/01/01/750-soldiers-with-82nd-airborne-headed-for-centcom-additional-4000-troops-expected-to-deploy-as-iran-tensions-mount/ 750 soldiers with 82nd Airborne headed for CENTCOM, additional 4,000 troops expected to deploy as Iran tensions mount. By: Shawn Snow , Howard Altman , and Philip Athey. military times. com. January 1, 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey/erdogan-says-up-to-250000-syrians-flee-toward-turkey-as-crisis-worsens-idUSKBN1Z10J2 Erdogan says up to 250,000 Syrians flee toward Turkey as crisis worsens. January 2, 2020. Reuters.
  10. ^ North Macedonian PM resigns By NEKTARIA STAMOULI, Politico, Jan 3, 2020
  11. ^ "Twitter Trends with World War III after Assassination of Iraqi Commander in US Airstrike". News18. 3 January 2019.
  12. ^ CRISTINA GALLARDO (Jan 3, 2020). "Catalan president faces being removed from office". Politico.
  13. ^ [https://apnews.com/e743d7fa9b6bbad7c4226a48de4a1dd7 Libyan authorities report airstrike on military academy|By SAMY MAGDY, AP, Jan 4, 2020
  14. ^ Leftist beats conservative in Croatia’s presidential vote By DARKO BANDIC, AP, Jan 5, 2020
  15. ^ In pictures: Australian bushfires rage as PM admits climate change has fuelled crisis By James Ashford, The Week (UK), Jan 6, 2020
  16. ^ Pelosi says House will introduce 'War Power Resolution' aimed to limit Trump's Iran military action By Paul LeBlanc, CNN, Mon Jan 6, 2020.
  17. ^ México y Argentina se abstienen de reconocer la reelección de Juan Guaidó en Asamblea de Venezuela Proceso, Jan 6, 2020
  18. ^ Con mínima ventaja, Pedro Sánchez es investido como presidente de España By Alejandro Gutierrez, Proceso, Jan 7, 2020
  19. ^ Iran launches missiles at Iraq airbases hosting US and coalition troops By Michael Safi, The Guardian, Jan 8, 2020
  20. ^ Trump says Iran "appears to be standing down" after missile attack BY KATHRYN WATSON, STEFAN BECKET, & GRACE SEGERS, CBS News, Jan 8, 2020
  21. ^ Bharat Bandh live updates: Strike by trade unions gets mixed response The Economic Times (India), Jan 8, 2020 Bharat Bandh updates: Delhi, Mumbai unaffected by nationwide trade union strike India Today, Jan 9, 2020
  22. ^ Strike by millions of workers hit businesses in India AP, Jan 8, 2020 Millions Flood Streets Across India as General Strike Takes Aim at Modi Government by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams, Jan 8, 2020
  23. ^ International Olympic Committee bans political statements by athletes at games NBC News, Jan 9, 2020
  24. ^ Russian army announces ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib, By: AFP | Published: January 10, 2020.
  25. ^ Turkey, Russia agree to ceasefire in war-torn Idlib, Syria, cbc, Jan 10, 2020.
  26. ^ Russia and Turkey establish new ceasefire in Syria's Idlib. Ceasefire was introduced in Idlib's de-escalation zone at 2pm Moscow time, Russia's Ministry of Defence says. By MEE staff, Published date: 9 January 2020.
  27. ^ Assad regime attacks Idlib, violating third cease-fire attempt, DAILY SABAH, January 9, 2020.
  28. ^ "La progresista Tsai Ing-Wen es reelecta presidenta de Taiwán" [Progressive Tsai Ing-Wen is reelected president of Taiwan]. Aristegui Noticias (in Spanish). Jan 11, 2020.
  29. ^ Northern Ireland has a government again after 3 years BY JILL LAWLESS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Global News, 11 Jan 2020
  30. ^ Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian plane in ‘error’ By LAURA KAYALI, Politico, Jan 11, 2020
  31. ^ UK police say it was mistake to call climate group extremist ABC News, Jan 11, 2020
  32. ^ Thousands run against 'dictatorship' in Thai capital By JERRY HARMER Associated Press, Jan 12, 2020
  33. ^ Canadian officials accidentally push nuke alert to millions AP News, Jan 12, 2020
  34. ^ Same-sex marriage now legal in Northern Ireland By Peter Coulter, BBC News NI, 13 Jan 2020
  35. ^ Alejandro Giammattei asume como nuevo presidente de Guatemala Publimetro.com.mx, 14 Jan 2020
  36. ^ Deputy prime minister calls Japan a nation with single race AP/Yahoo News, 14 Jan 2020
  37. ^ Russian government resigns after Putin proposes reforms that would weaken his successor By Mary Ilyushina, CNN World, 15 Jan 2020
  38. ^ House votes to send Trump impeachment articles to Senate, triggering trial By HEATHER CAYGLE and SARAH FERRIS, Politico, 15 Jan 2020
  39. ^ Mozambique leader Nyusi sworn in despite opposition boycott By Manuel Mucari, Reuters, January 15, 2020
  40. ^ Pope Francis appoints first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic role By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 16 Jan 2020
  41. ^ Amanda Holpuch (January 16, 2020). "Trump impeachment trial begins as Schiff reads out charges against president – live". The Guardian. London.
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  43. ^ "North Macedonian leaders agree to hold snap election on April 12", Reuters, Oct 20, 2019
  44. ^ "Agenda 2020. Estos son los acontecimientos más importantes del próximo año" [Agenda 2020. These are the most important events of next year]. El Universal. Mexico City. Dec 26, 2019.
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  47. ^ "Belarusian Presidential Election 2020: The Game is On", Belsat TV, Aug 26, 2019
  48. ^ ‘My team will lead TT into the future’ Trindad and Tobago Newsday, 27 September 2018
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  51. ^ "Saudi Arabia hosts the 15th G20 Leaders' Summit in 2020". spa.gov.sa. 2019-04-17.
  52. ^ 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) SDG Knowledge Club, accessed Dec 23, 2019
  53. ^ Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change, By Henry Fountain, Dec. 4, 2019, NY Times.
  54. ^ 2019 Ends Warmest Decade On Record, State Of The Global Climate Report Warns, iflscience.com
  55. ^ Global carbon emissions growth slows, but hits record high, December 3, 2019, Stanford University via phys.org.
  56. ^ BlackRock CEO says climate crisis will trigger 'a fundamental reshaping of finance' By Sam Meredith, CNBC, 14 Jan 2020