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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the mostly frequently asked questions about our first-of-its-kind Model G20 Summit. If you have a question that isn’t listed below please, contact us.

  1. What is the G20?

    The Group of Twenty (G20) is a leading forum of the world’s major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing challenges. Click here to read more about the history of the G20.

  2. What is the Model G20 Summit?

    Model G20 (MG20) is an innovative program launched by American University’s School of International Service (SIS) designed to fully simulate the G20 Leaders Summit. Designed in concert with a former high-level diplomat at G20 meetings, this is the first US-based complete and accurate simulation of its real-world counterpart. Click here to read our program overview.

  3. How is Model G20 different from Model United Nations?

    Click here to view a guide comparing Model G20 to Model United Nations. In general, Model G20 is much more focused on consensus, informal debate, and candid conversations between world leaders.

  4. What is the difference between the “Sherpa” track and the “Finance” track?

    Just like in the real G20, the Model G20 is divided up into two parallel committee-style negotiating tracks. The Sherpa track focuses on political social issues such as climate change, energy, migration, refugees and gender equality. The Finance track focuses on economic and financial issues such as international trade, tariffs, tax cooperation, and the future of work.

  5. Who can participate in Model G20?

    Our program is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any school and majoring in any subject. We also welcome young professionals. Space is limited and slots go quickly, so click here to register your team today.

  6. What are the benefits of participating in Model G20?

    Model G20 provides young leaders a unique opportunity to develop skills in multilateral negotiations, public speaking, team strategy, and diplomacy. Active learning better prepares future leaders to solve complex global problems. The experiential nature of the Model G20 Summit complements and reinforces theoretical knowledge of diplomacy.

  7. How many people do I need for a Model G20 delegation?

    Our delegations have 5-7 people: a Sherpa, Sous Sherpa, Finance Minister, Central Bank Governor, and additional Yaks (senior advisers). If you are struggling to meet the 5 person minimum please contact us and we will work to accommodate you.

  8. What is a Sherpa, Sous Sherpa, Finance Minister or Central Bank Governor?

    The Sherpa and Sous Sherpa (aid to the Sherpa) serve as the leaders of issues related to pressing political and policy issues such as climate change, migration, terrorism, and everything in between. Either of the two sit at the main table of the Sherpa Track in the delegation’s seat during the working sessions in order to speak on key topics and negotiate with other delegations at the table.

    In a similar way, the Finance Minister and Central Bank Governor, working together, serve as the leaders of issues related to relevant economic matters at the main table of the Finance Track. These two delegates handle topics such as global trade, investment, and the future of work.

  9. Do I have to have Model United Nations, Model Arab League, etc. experience?

    Not at all! While some of our participants have participated in similar simulations in the past, our program is designed for people with any level of experience.

    Some participants build their delegations from existing Model United Nations, Model Arab League, etc. teams and others connect with friends and classmates.