AFRICA AT THE FORE
Sustainable economic progress in Africa is an overriding concern for Germany. It aims to take concrete steps to improve the people’s standard of living on a long-term basis and put in place a stable environment for investments in infrastructure and renewable energy. The idea is to encourage international organisations with expertise in working on the African continent to enter into close partnerships with interested African countries. A major conference focussing solely on the topic “Partnership with Africa” was held in Berlin in June 2017.
Over the last few years, Europe has experienced one of the largest refugee flows. Illegal migration and displacement of people calls for the G20 nations to agree on universal solutions and take united action. Recognising that this issue is of great importance, Germany will urge all nations to take responsibility and pitch in. Only through a strong foundation of shared values, rules and responsibilities can refugees be integrated into communities. Clearly, international cooperation is the way out.
UNITED AGAINST TERROR
The German G20 presidency will also push for more coordinated action to dry up channels of financing terrorism and improve exchange of information. The response to terrorism needs to be strong in order to combat radicalisation and recruitment, stop the flow of arms and ammunition, counter propaganda and prevent technology being used to incite terrorist acts. This requires a comprehensive global strategy that has the backing of the G20 nations.
Corruption is a big problem for everyone. It is not only an obstacle to growth and development, it also erodes people’s trust in public institutions and facilitates organised crime. No country is immune to this problem, and governments cannot tackle it alone. It comes as no surprise that its prevention has been on the G20 agenda since 2009. At the 2017 G20, Germany will concentrate on fighting corruption, especially in the public sector.
In the face of global population growth, climate change and intense pressure on natural resources, food security and nutrition need to be improved. Simultaneously, food systems have to be made more sustainable. The main concern is to provide nutritious and affordable food for a growing population while conserving natural resources for future generations. In this area, too, international efforts need to be strengthened. The 2017 G20 will address the question of how to move towards food systems that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. It will focus on ways to ensure that water consumption does not increase to unsustainable levels as well as explore the potential of digitalisation for agriculture and worldwide food security. Let there be food on all our tables. That’s a pledge all nations need to take and work towards!