The G20 in Ushuaia: From sustainable development to the southernmost railway in the world

The sherpas visit Tierra del Fuego National Park on Thursday during a break in their work sessions.

On day two of the Second G20 Sherpa Meeting, representatives of world leaders and international organizations took a break from their working agenda to tour some of the main attractions of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost province.

The morning session at the Arakur Ushuaia addressed sustainable development, anti-corruption, and health. Representatives from the respective G20 work streams took part.

After lunch, the sherpas enjoyed a trip on the End of the World Train, an historic steam locomotive that tours the more remote areas of Tierra del Fuego National Park. The seven-kilometre, hour-long journey follows part of the route that carried prisoners from the local prison to cut down firewood for the city in early decades of the 20th century.

The final stop on the route was Tierra del Fuego National Park Station, the gateway to 70,000 hectares of Patagonian forest that is home to guanacos, Andean foxes, song thrushes and other species of local fauna. From there, the sherpas continued by bus to Lapataia Bay, a fjord nestled between the windswept forests and mountains. After a tour of the bay and an opportunity to take photos, they returned to Ushuaia for the final working sessions of the day on energy and climate.

This evening, the sherpas are attending a cocktail hosted by Rosana Bertone, Governor of Tierra del Fuego province, and an informal dinner. The dinner menu includes Argentine beef and lamb specialties and a variety of seafood including black hake, prawns and salmon.

Ceviche made from the catch of the day, grilled meats and lamb casserole, paired with wines from Argentina’s central Cuyo region were on yesterday’s lunch menu. The menu also included traditional empanadas, a selection of cold cuts and Argentine desserts including homemade flan, chocotorta, dulce de leche and coconut tarts, and torta rogel.

The official gift to the sherpas also had a local feel to it: a brown leather folder produced by Vakapi, a family business.

In addition to the G20 meetings held in Buenos Aires this year, over 10 meetings of the Argentine G20 presidency will take place in different cities across the country. Upcoming meetings on the G20 calendar will be held in San Salvador de Jujuy, Bariloche, San Miguel de Tucumán, Córdoba, Puerto Iguazú, Mendoza and Mar del Plata.