How the Apec world summit got underway: An insider’s account

The Apec World Economic Summit (AWESOM) was an ambitious, multi-country effort to bring together the leaders of the world’s biggest economies and tackle global problems from climate change to corruption.

Its success was widely celebrated in 2015, but its demise was a bitter blow to the world economy.

Now, we are left with an economic summit whose success was never in doubt.

Read more about the summit: What happened in the event? 

The main event, which began on May 1, 2016, saw leaders from across the world gather in the capital, Brasilia, to discuss the state of the global economy.

A total of seven meetings were held over the course of the six-day event, with the main focus on climate change, climate finance and the environment. 

The Apec summit, which was a joint initiative between the governments of Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Peru, Russia and South Africa, saw over 100 heads of state, representatives of governments, business and civil society, ministers of state and civil defence, trade unions, indigenous leaders and other influential voices discuss the world economic and environmental crisis. 

Read more about what happened at the summit in 2016.

The first meeting, which took place on June 8, was aimed at the economic, financial and political challenges facing emerging economies.

Participants from around the world discussed what the future might hold in terms of climate change and how to address it.

The second meeting, held on June 13, focused on the future of the climate and energy markets, and how they could be managed more efficiently and effectively. 

At the second meeting of the summit, in early August, leaders of Brazil, China and India came together for the first time to discuss a potential solution to the problem of climate-related extreme weather. 

In the third meeting, on August 26, leaders from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Peru came together to discuss how they might improve the governance and governance-to-market processes in their countries, and also discuss possible actions to address the issue of climate justice. 

These meetings were also aimed at ensuring that the AOPE had a robust set of economic tools, both domestically and externally, at its disposal, and to develop new and innovative strategies to address climate- and energy-related problems. 

What did the leaders discuss? 

In its final meeting on September 2, the leaders took the opportunity to address issues of common concern, including climate change.

Participants were able to present their views on the impact of climate science on the world order, the role of renewable energy in developing countries, the economic and social consequences of climate disruption, the risks posed by climate change for indigenous peoples, and the challenges of climate finance. 

Some of the leaders also discussed issues that had come up during the summit.

For example, participants agreed that the United States, Russia, China’s government, and India had the responsibility to address what they called the “social and economic consequences of a rapidly changing climate”. 

How do I watch the event live? 

There are several ways to watch the meeting, including the livestream, or on-demand access. 

Watch the livestream The livestream is a live feed of the meeting on YouTube, providing access to the meeting as well as updates and commentary from key leaders.

The livestream can be accessed on the official Apec website. 

On-demand access is available to all members of the public in the following formats: OnDemand streams can be streamed from Apec’s web site or from Facebook on the Apos mobile app available for Android and iOS devices and on the Google play app available for Android devices. 

If you’re an Internet user (i.e. a mobile subscriber) you can also stream from the webcast or directly from your mobile phone for $5. Streaming can be available for up to 60 minutes for those using a single device on both the internet and mobile. 

How to watch it on Facebook The livestream is available on ApoS Facebook for members of the public and is available in live stream mode from 09:00 to 18:00 GMT (22:00 to 20:00 New Zealand GMT). 

There is also a YouTube stream of the event for all members of the Apos community and for those using a mobile device on either the  web or mobile, available on YouTube. 

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