SHAPING AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD
On December 1, 2016 Germany assumed the G20 Presidency. There are plenty of resources available to learn more about the G20 itself, find out what’s on the German 2017 agenda, and to stay on top of current events and participation opportunities. This blog entry presents: a) new resources of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung; b) an invitation to shape the priorities of the Civil 20; and c) an overview of the German G20 website (g20.org).
Resources of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
G20 in Focus – The Foundation’s New Portal
In preparation for the July summit in Hamburg, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has launched a new portal with information about the group and its activities. “G20 in Focus“ provides infographics, interactive maps, studies and working papers on G20 member countries and their agendas. New information will be added regularly, so make sure to check back for updates and share these resources with your colleagues and friends.
What in the World is the Group of 20? 5 Things to Know
This video provides background knowledge about the G20 and highlights some of its characteristics.
Official G20 Documents
In our G20 Dossiers we have collected official G20 documents of past Summits and working groups. You can find an extensive selection of documents from the most recent G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China here.
Call for Participation!
The 2017 C20 has now opened its consultation process for the priorities and working groups. For that purpose they have launched an online survey that will help them to identify a limited number of thematic priorities for the C20 2017 in Germany that are of highest priority for international civil society while at the same time relevant to the official G20 agenda.
How can you get involved?
We invite to fill out the survey. This is your opportunity to shape the C20 policy recommendations to the German G20 in less than 5 minutes!
In order to participate in the online consultation, please visit civil-20.org/consultation and use the password “C20Consultation” (without quotation marks).
Note that the consultation will be open till December 14, 2016.
Spread the word.
Please share this information responsibly within your civil society networks and civil society organizations that are engaging in G20 issues.
To find more about the C20, you can visit the C20 homepage or get in touch with the C20 Secretariat at email@example.com.
German Government G20 Website
On the government’s official website, you can find information about the G20, important documents, and related press releases. This is a quick overview of the website’s resources and where to find them.
Video message by Angela Merkel
The homepage features a short introductory video by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the video, she explains what the G20 is and why she believes that its work is more important than ever. She addresses the challenges of globalization and warns against protectionism, nationalism, and isolationism. Lastly, she presents the different civil engagement groups (e.g., business, think tanks, civil society, labor) that will be involved in the G20 process.
The events calendar is located next to the video and displays all the important dates of ministerial meetings and engagement group forums leading up to the Summit in July.
The Agenda of the German G20 Presidency gives us an idea of the type of leadership we can expect from Germany. The Federal Government has announced that it would like to intensify efforts to distribute the benefits of globalization. Chancellor Merkel further emphasized the importance of a stable global economy. Overall, the government’s agenda will be based on three pillars:
- Ensuring stability – strengthening stable environments for the global economy and the financial system; promoting economic growth through structural reforms
- Improving viability for the future – realizing the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals & the Paris Agreement: discussing viable energy and climate strategies; improving health care; empowering women in the economy
- Accepting responsibility – especially for Africa. Fostering sustainable economic progress; fighting the root causes of migration and displacement; anti-corruption
An overview of member countries and regions, international institutions, and guests.
Hamburg at a glance
Never been to the Pearl of the North? Find more information about the beautiful hanseatic city in Northern Germany here.
Past Summit documents
The most important documents of all G20 Summits since 2008 can be found here. Germany will release documents during its Presidency and after the Summit in July 2017.
Actors from civil society all over the world come together for dialogue forums, where they will develop recommendations on relevant issues for the G20 country leaders. Chancellor Merkel is planning to meet with representatives from the B20 (Business20), C20 (Civil20), L20 (Labour20), S20 (Science20), T20 (Think20), W20 (Women20), and Y20 (Youth20).