What is the Model G20?


The Model G20 Summit is the first and only fully-accurate simulation of the annual G20 Leaders Summit. At a time of uncertainty and turmoil in multilateral cooperation, Model G20 provides graduates, undergraduates, and young professionals with a unique opportunity to develop critical skills in multilateral negotiation, public speaking, team strategy, and diplomacy.

Young leaders who participate in our Model G20 Summit can anticipate an action-packed weekend full of professional networking, unparalleled speakers, and high-level discussion on the most pressing global issues. Come get a taste of the life of a diplomat. Are you ready to take charge of global governance?

To learn more about the history of the G20, click here.

Dual Negotiating Tracks

Mirroring its real world counterpart, negotiations at the Model G20 Summit are organized along two parallel tracks: the “Sherpa track” and the “Finance track.” Each track meets separately, negotiating political and economic topics to simulate pre-Leaders Summit meetings hosted throughout the year by the real G20. The goal of these meetings is to discuss which ideas and topics will be included in the consensus-based Communiqué document.


Sherpa Track

The 2019 topics will be:

Global Health Threats

Inequality, Employment & Aging

Climate Change & Disaster Risk


Finance Track

The 2019 topics will be:

International Taxation & Digitization

Rising Debt

The Future of Trade & WTO Reform

Delegates are challenged to balance their attention between formal debate and critical informal negotiation. During the final session of our Model G20 Summit, all participants in both tracks come together and replicate the real G20 Leaders’ Summit where a consensus document is adopted.

Delegation Composition & Awards


Each delegation is composed of 5-7 delegates. In the Sherpa Track there is a Sherpa and Sous-Sherpa (deputy). In the Finance Track there is a Finance Minister and a Central Bank Governor. The 5th, 6th, and 7th delegates in a delegation will act as "Senior Advisors" and will work with both the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. All delegates receive a Certificate at the end of the simulation.

Additional awards will also be given out to high-performing delegates and teams: 

  • Best Delegate in the Sherpa Track 

  • Outstanding Delegate in the Sherpa Track

  • Best Delegate in the Finance Track

  • Outstanding Delegate in the Finance Track

  • Best Delegation (1st place team award)

  • Outstanding Delegation (2nd place team award)

Speakers & Symposium

Each year the Model G20 Summit features exceptional keynote and expert speakers. We also offer a symposium event where attendees can interact and participate in discussions with G20 practitioners. Past speakers have included high-ranking diplomats, former G20 practitioners and representatives from the US State Department, World Bank Group, Bookings Institution, International Labor Organization, Council on Foreign Relations, and Google.

Location & Venue


The Model G20 Summit was developed by the School of International Service at American University, which was recently ranked #8 in the United States for its graduate programs and #9 for undergraduate education. Our campus is nestled in the heart of Embassy Row, minutes from downtown Washington, DC. In 1963, it was the host of JFK’s historic “A Strategy of Peace” commencement speech.

All of our meetings will be held in the state-of-the-art LEED Gold-certified School of International Service building. The American University campus is an arboretum, and is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful urban campuses in the United States. The Metro is conveniently accessible via a free campus shuttle to a dedicated American University stop.

Cultural Event


The Model G20 Summit leverages its position in the heart of Washington, DC to provide participants with an enriching cultural experience on Saturday night. Last year, during the Argentine Presidency, we were honored to partner with the Embassy of Argentina which hosted a wonderful night of delicious food, exciting dancing, and beautiful cultural exchange.

This year’s event will be announced soon, so please look for more information in our email updates. Remember, this rare and exciting cultural experience will only be available to Model G20 participants, so don’t miss out.

Fueling Diplomacy


International diplomacy can really work up an appetite, and the best negotiation often happens over a meal. After a late night around the negotiation table, a cup of fresh coffee can provide you the energy to devise a unique solution to a global problem. Much like the real G20, the Model G20 Summit is excited to offer four complimentary meals, and access to free snacks and coffee.