Axel Berger

Reading recommendation: For the G20 – Let’s return to the original idea

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Need the G20 to get back to the routes?

At its creation the G20 was meant to facilitate coordination, cooperation and problem-solving among key actors in a specific policy field, which then was global financial stability. The G20 was not meant to be a jack-of-all-trades, offering welcoming words and restating support for long-accepted and previously reconfirmed goals, as most subsequent G20 summits did. The list of unmet global challenges is lengthening and the human, political, environmental and economic costs of global crises are mounting. So wouldn’t this be the time, Inge Kaul, Professor at the Hertie School of Governance, asks, to revert to the original G20 concept as a global forum for announcing concrete measures to resolve—not just chat about—the most pressing global challenge? Please continue reading…

What remains of the G20 Hamburg Summit?

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Preserve cohesion of the G20

At first glance, the communiqué of the G20’s Hamburg Summit is an ordinary piece of international diplomacy. However, as is often the case, context is key to assess its real importance. Two context factors defined this year’s negotiations of G20 leaders in the exhibition halls in the city center of Hamburg. Within the negotiation room, an unruly US president questioned a number of common positions that had already been adopted by the G20 in previous years.

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The G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting: Rebuilding the Social Fabric of International Cooperation

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G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting in Bonn: a good starting point
G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting in Bonn: a good starting point

On 16-17 February 2017 the foreign ministers of the G20 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany’s United Nations city. This was the second ever meeting of foreign ministers under the G20 umbrella, which brings together 19 of the world’s largest economies, plus the European Union. The discussion among the G20 foreign ministers officially centered around issues of a long-term nature such as the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris climate agreement, crisis prevention and resolution, and opportunities for deepening the G20’s relationship with African economies.

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Panel discussion: The role of the G20 in fostering multilateralism

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Policy-makers and Think20 experts

The G20 should play a prominent role in strengthening multilateral institutions. This view was recently echoed at a joint high-level panel discussion between policy-makers and Think20 experts. The panel discussion took place on the occasion of the second ever G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting on 16 February 2017, in the United Nations City of Bonn, Germany.

 

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G20 Engagement Groups call for Open and Inclusive Societies

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Image: NetworkThe chairs of the Think20, together with the other G20 Engagement Groups Business20, Civil20, Labour20, Science20 and Women20, published a Joint  Statement for Open and Inclusive Societies. On the occasion of the meeting of the G20 Foreign Ministers on 16 and 17 February 2017 in Bonn, Germany, and in view of growing challenges to the international community, the Engagement Groups call upon the G20 countries to reinforce their efforts for effective multilateralism and coordination of future-orientated domestic policies that shape globalization in an inclusive way.

Please read the Joint Statement here.