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Globale Gesundheit und die G20: Endlich Dauerthema oder doch nur Eintagsfliege?

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Globalisierung macht Gesundheit zum Thema aller

Unter der diesjährigen G20-Präsidentschaft Deutschlands stand das Thema globale Gesundheit prominent auf der Agenda und erstmals trafen sich im Vorfeld die Gesundheitsminister der beteiligten Staaten. Die Entwicklungen und Ergebnisse des G20-Gipfels weisen in die richtige Richtung, doch angesichts der großen Herausforderungen bei der globalen Gesundheit muss das Thema weiterhin besondere Aufmerksamkeit erhalten und es müssen konkreten Zusagen gemacht werden.

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Hamburg Summit may see G20 leaders’ meeting return to its informal roots

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G20 at its Peak

I have been writing about the G20 for seven years. The G20 has evolved substantially over that time, with an ever-broadening agenda that now covers issues far beyond those envisioned in the first G20 summits in Washington and London over 2008 and 2009, when the G20 was at its peak as a globally influential governance body. As a result, and in order to stay on top of the expanded agenda, the trend has been towards greater reliance by G20 Ministers and Leaders upon lower-level officials and bureaucrats to both prepare and even draft the main G20 outcome documents – particularly the final communique.

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Afrikas Jahrhundert

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Bevölkerungsentwicklung muss kein Schreckensszenario sein

Afrikas Bevölkerung wird sich bis 2050 auf 2,5 Milliarden Menschen verdoppeln. Das sind etwa so viele Menschen, wie derzeit in China und Indien zusammen leben. Die Hälfte der Bevölkerung wird unter 25 Jahre alt sein. Damit wäre der Kontinent der jüngste der Welt. Das kann für Afrika und die Welt ein großes Risiko darstellen oder eine historische Chance – wenn die 20 führenden Industrie- und Schwellenländer zusammen mit ihren afrikanischen Partnerländern die richtigen Maßnahmen ergreifen – und zwar jetzt.

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How the G20 can bring about a more functional MDB system

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Image: AIIB Headquarters in BeijingEnhancing the role of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in sustainable global economic development has been an important issue for G20 leaders since their first meeting in 2008. For leaders, the primary purpose of revitalizing the MDBs was to counter the cyclical effects of the crisis. As the subprime crisis receded, the focus of leaders and the overall G20 agenda since 2010 has shifted towards growth, for which infrastructure financing has been highlighted as a key driver.

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How the G20 can deal with Trump’s Chinese currency complaints in Baden-Baden

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Trump still aims to designate China as a currency manipulator
Trump still aims to designate China as a currency manipulator

Last week in an interview with Reuters, U.S. President Trump labelled the Chinese as “grand champions at manipulation of currency”, indicating he has not fully backtracked from his campaign promise to designate China as a ‘currency manipulator’ on ‘day one’ of his Presidency. The position of Washington on this topic has not exactly been crystal clear, however, with the new U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, announcing on the same day as Trump’s comment that the Treasury was in fact still going through the formal process of analysing Chinese currency practices, and that no judgements would be made prior to the completion of that process. Weiterlesen »