G20: SHAPING AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD (2017 | Issue 2)

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Let’s Get Engaged!

As part of its presidency, Germany places a great deal of importance on involving civil society. Between March and June 2017, Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel met with people from various groups and took their recommendations into account for the 2017 G20 Leaders’ Summit. What’s Up, Germany? familiarises you with the seven civil society groups that are an integral part of the G20 process.

Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel at a panel discussion during the W20 Summit held in April in Berlin

(from left to right): Sucharita Eashwar, CEO, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs (India); Susan Harris-Rimmer, associate professor, Griffith Law School (Australia); German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel; Monika Jones, moderator; Mmaki Jantjies, regional coordinator, Mozilla Clubs (South Africa); Inez Murray, CEO, Global Banking Alliance for Women (USA)

Let's Get Engaged, G20 Summit

Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel at a panel discussion during the W20 Summit held in April in Berlin

(from left to right): Sucharita Eashwar, CEO, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs (India); Susan Harris-Rimmer, associate professor, Griffith Law School (Australia); German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel; Monika Jones, moderator; Mmaki Jantjies, regional coordinator, Mozilla Clubs (South Africa); Inez Murray, CEO, Global Banking Alliance for Women (USA)

As part of its presidency, Germany places a great deal of importance on involving civil society. Between March and June 2017, Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel met with people from various groups and took their recommendations into account for the 2017 G20 Leaders’ Summit. What’s Up, Germany? familiarises you with the seven civil society groups that are an integral part of the G20 process.

B20 - Business 20

Business 20: Formed in 2008, the B20 represents the international business community. Its main job is to develop joint recommendations and policy proposals covering the entire G20 agenda. As one of the most influential engagement groups, it strengthens exchanges between national businesses to ensure sustainable economic growth.

C20 - Civil 20

Civil 20: The C20 is a platform for national and international civil society organisations to participate in global governance. Representatives of non-governmental organisations, grass-roots groups and academicians exchange ideas with political leaders on issues relevant to civil society, so they can contribute to policy formation and influence decision-making.

L20 - Labour 20

Labour 20: The L20 unites trade union leaders from the world’s most powerful economies and global trade unions. It provides a strong platform to voice the demands of workers and ensure an inclusive dialogue on jobs and growth.

S20 - Science 20

Science 20: Health has been an important addition to the G20 agenda under the German presidency. For the first time in the G20’s history, the science and research community has been included to recommend ways to improve global healthcare and fight communicable and non-communicable diseases. Under the leadership of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the S20 handed over its recommendations to Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. It proposed that reliable health systems should be provided and knowledge should be shared.

T20 - Think 20

Think 20: Formed in 2012, the T20 is a network of research institutes and think tanks from the G20 countries. It serves as an “idea bank” and has a focused aim: to provide research-based policy advice. One of the key outcomes of the T20 process during Germany’s presidency will be the establishment of a permanent web-based G20 insights platform to provide policy analysis that will support the G20 in its decision-making.

W20 - Women 20

Women 20: One of the youngest G20 engagement groups, the W20 comprises representatives of women’s associations and female entrepreneurs. It focusses on promoting women’s economic empowerment. Women make up over half of the world’s population, but their contribution to economic growth is comparatively low, and that needs to change in order to tackle poverty and ensure social development. This group presented its recommendations to Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel at the W20 Summit held in Berlin in April 2017. Its main concerns were inclusion of women in the workplace, access to finance and closing the digital gender gap. Chancellor Merkel proposed setting up a startup fund that would be distributed by the World Bank to women who want to start their own business.

Y20 - Youth 20

Youth 20: The Y20, founded in 2010, brings together young leaders from the G20 countries. The group aims to strengthen networks among the youth and identify opportunities and the most pressing economic challenges young people are facing today. It ensures that the voice of the young is heard and included in the G20 agenda.

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.“
— Margaret J Wheatley, writer