There are a lot of perks to being a world leader. Attending far-flung conferences, it’s safe to say, is not one of them. But however much Barack Obama and his counterparts grouse about jet lag, global summits will continue to play an indispensable part in governing an unruly world. Even when overly choreographed and scripted, these events give presidents and prime ministers a rare opportunity to establish a personal rapport, speak candidly on tough items, and break logjams to international cooperation. Herewith, a calendar of the seven summits to watch in 2015.
1. Summit of the Americas
2. Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference (RevCon)
3. Group of Seven (G7) summit
4. Opening of UN General Assembly (UNGA)
5. Group of Twenty (G20) leader’s summit
6. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit
7. Twenty-First Conference of Parties (COP-21) to the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC)