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Engagement Groups

G20 - The group of twenty

All together, the G20 economies account for 85% of the global economy, 80% of world trade, and two-thirds of the global population. Those simple facts underline the significant potential of the G20 as a global platform to enable international economic co-operation and policy making. The members of the G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union.

The G20 is engaged in a close dialogue with other groups in order to use the ideas and recommendations of important civil society players in its discussions and negotiations.

There will be various dialogue fora where international representatives of the private sector (Business20), non-governmental organisations (Civil20), trade unions (Labour20), academia (Science20), think tanks (Think20), women (Women20) and youth (Youth20) will have a chance to present their positions and submit proposals to the G20.

Official Side of G20 Germany

W20 - Women20

W20, an official G20 Engagement Group, which aims to increase women’s participation in the global economy by 100,000,000 more women, is established during the Turkish Presidency of the G20. W20 is expected  to bring resilience to the economy with the outlook of more women for the prosperity of the world and globally better results for the companies when gender inclusiveness is achieved.

W20 Communiqué (pdf) & W20 Implementation Plan (pdf)

Official Side of W20 Germany

B20 - Business20

The B20 outreach Group is an integral part of the G20 process, representing the entire G20 business community. The mission of the B20 is to support the G20 through consolidated representation of interests, concrete policy proposals, and expertise. The B20 promotes dialogue among policymakers, civil society, and business at the international level. In the B20, business representatives from the entire G20 develop joint recommendations and advocate specific policy-actions across the complete G20 agenda. In addition, the B20 organizes a number of events and provides a platform for exchanges with governments and other stakeholders of the G20 process. Like the G20, the B20 is a perennial process with working activities and events during the throughout the whole year.

B20 Policy Recommendations to the G20 (pdf)

Official Side of B20 Germany

T20 - Think20

T20 is a network of research institutes and think tanks from the G20 countries. The T20 provides research-based policy advice to the G20, facilitates interaction among its members and the policy community, and communicates with the broader public about issues of global importance. The key features of the process are the following: The T20 develops policy recommendations within nine thematic Task Forces which are published as Policy Briefs in the first half of 2017. The T20 works in close cooperation with G20 policy makers through the Task Forces and its workshops and conferences. The T20 blog publishes analytical and opinion pieces by high-level experts on key issues ahead of the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) coordinate the T20 process during the German presidency in 2016 and 2017. T20 institutes are called upon to actively engage in the Task Forces, the workshops and conferences and through the blog. One of the key outcomes of the T20 Germany process will be the establishment of an additional  permanent web-based T20 Insight Platform that provides policy analysis to support G20 policy making.

T20 - 20 Solutions for the G20 (pdf)

Official Side of T20 - Germany

C20 - Civil20

The C20’s role is to represent the views of national and international civil society at the G20. The C20 main objective is to facilitate a structured and sustained exchange of critical reflection and political perspectives amongst civil society in G20 countries and beyond on the G20 agenda. In the past there has been a strong focus on advancing reforms of the global finance architecture and other G20 priorities as well as demanding a paradigm shift in the political approach of the G20 towards globalization to a truly sustainable and inclusive development. As we see it today, globalization is incompatible with the objectives of sustainable development, and contributes to rising inequality and human rights violations worldwide. Civil society coming together under the C20 is thus urging a major overhaul of the political rules shaping economic and financial globalization to address the plight of the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society.

C20 Communiqué (pdf)

Official Side of C20 - Germany

S20 - Science20

The annual Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Group of Twenty (G20), comprising leading industrialised countries and emerging economies, will be held on 7 and 8 July 2017 under German Presidency. In addition to issues related to global economic growth and financial market regulation, health will be an important focus of the G20 Summit in Hamburg.
The German G20 Presidency attaches great importance to dialogue with different civil society groups. For the first time, the science and research community is included into the G20 process as “Science20”. Under the leadership of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the science academies of the G20 countries are developing scientific recommendations on improving global health.

S20 Communiqué/ Statement - Improving Global Health (pdf)

Official Side of S20 - Germany

L20 - Labour20

The Labour 20 (L20) represents the interests of workers at the G20 level. It unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions. L20 Germany is facilitated by DGB - German Trade Union Confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund).

L20 Resolution - L20 statement to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting (pdf)

Official Website of L20 Germany

Y20 - Youth20

The Y20 Youth Summit are the youth events parallel summits the G20. Since 2006, the Summit brought together young leaders from the G20 countries to develop a dialogue on issues related issues of international importance . The conduct of the Summit takes place in a mirror image of the real G20, provides the same procedural rules, as well as the production of a Final Communiqué that represents the position of young people regarding the issues on the agenda of the global leaders.

Y20 Positionpaper (pdf)

Official Side of Y20 - Germany


Dialogue forums will be held with non-governmental organisations (Civil20), trade unions (Labour20), the scientific and research community (Science20), women (Women20), youth (Youth20), business (Business20) and think tanks (Think20).

The dialogue forums with Chancellor Merkel – an overview

• S20 Dialogue Forum with the Science and Research Community on 22 March 2017 in Halle
• W20 Dialogue Forum with Women in Business, Science and Society on 25 - 26 April 2017 in Berlin
• B20 Dialogue Forum with Business Associations on 3 May 2017 in Berlin
• L20 Dialogue Forum with Trade Union Representatives on 17 May 2017 in Berlin
• T20 Dialogue Forum with Think Tanks on 30 May 2017 in Berlin
• Y20 Youth Summit on 7 June 2017 in Berlin
• C20 Dialogue Forum with Non-Governmental Organisations on 19 June 2017 in Hamburg


Overview of the G20 specialised ministers' meetings:

• Meeting of G20 agriculture ministers on 22 January 2017 in Berlin
• Meeting of G20 foreign ministers on 16 and 17 February 2017 in Bonn
• Meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors from 17 to 18 March 2017 in Baden-Baden
• Meeting of G20 ministers in charge of digitalisation on 6 and 7 April 2017 in Düsseldorf
• Meeting of G20 labour ministers on 18 and 19 May 2017 in Bad Neuenahr
• Meeting of G20 health ministers on 19 and 20 May 2017 in Berlin

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