There were no press conferences or cameras at the start of bilateral meetings and no chance of recorded slip-ups or missteps.
King Salman inaugurated the virtual G20 Leaders Summit on Saturday. We may follow the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind and pitch in to tackle climate and other environmental challenges and protect the blue planet.
The event was a jarring reminder of the changes the world has undergone this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said that one of the summits can be held virtually mid-year while the second will be held in-person at the end of the year.
President von der Leyen said: "I am glad that G20 leaders agreed to make Covid-19 vaccines available and affordable for all".
He missed a session on pandemic preparedness, but later denied it was because he was playing golf.
On Sunday, G-20 nations pledged to spare "no effort" to ensure fair distribution of coronavirus vaccine takes place in times ahead.
G20 nations have contributed more than $21 billion to combat the pandemic, which has infected 56 million people globally and left 1.3 million dead, and injected $11 trillion to shore up the battered world economy, summit organisers said.
On COVID-19, the European Union championed a multilateral solution to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the final document lacked detail on how that would be funded.
"By early next year, countries representing more than 65 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions - and more than 70 per cent of the world economy - are very likely to have made ambitious commitments to carbon neutrality", he said.
The global economy contracted sharply earlier this year after many countries went into lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus. French President Emmanuel Macron warned of the challenges in obtaining "universal access to health technologies against COVID-19".
The head of the International Monetary Fund on Sunday called for prompt and effective implementation of a new G20 framework set up to help the world's poorest countries reach permanent debt relief, but said other countries needed help as well.
Saturday, His Majesty explained that food security, poverty, unemployement, and education have been impacted severly and led to humanitarian and economic implications worldwide due to the COVID-19 repercussions.
"The EU has a crucial role in ensuring that developing countries in need have the necessary support to recover sustainably from Covid-19 and to enhance their own climate ambition - through assistance for mitigation, adaptation and resilience", the Secretary-General added.
In their joint statement, the leaders said they strongly encouraged private creditors to participate in the initiative on comparable terms when requested by eligible countries.
US President-elect Joe Biden has promised to return the nation to the Paris accord and reinstate funding for the World Health Organisation cut by Mr Trump.
The UAE Vice President praised Saudi Arabia's efforts under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to implement the Kingdom's Vision 2030, which is aligned with the G20's main goals of achieving macroeconomic stability, sustainable development, the empowerment of women, supporting human capital and facilitating trade and investment flows.
But human rights activists hope that, without reform, the kingdom is never granted hosting rights again.