G20 Member Countries

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Topics @ Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

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Ecology

Discussing the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

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Education

Focusing on providing quality education for all and promoting innovative learning methods.

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Ethics

Exploring ethical values and principles to guide individuals and society towards a better future.

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Living Oneness

Exploring ethical values and principles to guide individuals and society towards a better future.

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Art & Culture

Celebrating cultural diversity and promoting the role of art in connecting people.

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Sports

Encouraging sports and physical activity to promote health, teamwork, and cooperation.

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Business & Economy

Discussing economic growth and development, and exploring new ways to promote trade and industry.

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Regenerative Developmet

Addressing global security challenges and exploring strategies for peace and stability.

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Media, Entertainment

Focusing on the role of media and entertainment in shaping opinions and promoting positive change.

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Earth & Revering Traditions

Celebrating the diversity of languages and literature, and promoting cultural exchange and understanding.

 

Work Streams

Through the Sherpa Track, the following 13 Working Groups and 2 Initiatives will meet under India’s Presidency to discuss priorities and provide recommendations.


Working Groups


As part of the G20 decision-making process, Working Groups, comprising of experts and officials from relevant ministries, lead in-depth analysis and discussions on a range of internationally relevant issues in respective areas of focus.

Agriculture

The G20 Agriculture Deputies Group was created during the French Presidency in 2011 to deal with volatility in global food prices. It has since become an important forum to enhance cooperation among the G20 members on agriculture related issues critical for achieving UN 2030 agenda, especially the goal of zero hunger (SDG 2). The working group facilitates information exchange and cooperation on a range of global issues such as food security, nutrition, antimicrobial resistance, food waste and loss, sustainability, and resilient and inclusive food value chains.

Anti Corruption

The G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) was established in 2010. The Anti-Corruption Working Group reports to the G20 Leaders on anti-corruption issues and aims to establish minimum common standards among the legal systems of the G20 countries, in order to combat corruption. It focuses on public and private sector integrity and transparency, bribery, international cooperation, asset recovery, beneficial ownership transparency, vulnerable sectors and capacity-building.

Culture

The G20 Culture Ministers met for the first time in 2020 and highlighted culture’s cross-cutting contribution to advancing G20 agenda. Recognizing the synergies between culture and other policy areas, and considering the impact of culture, cultural heritage and the creative economy on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, culture was integrated into the G20 agenda as a Culture Working Group in 2021. The group aims to strengthen international cooperation and collaboration to support cultural and creative industries.

Climate Sustainability

The Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) was established during the Argentine Presidency in 2018, while the Environment Deputies Meeting (EDM) started in 2019 under Japan’s Presidency. EDM and CSWG focus on environment and climate issues which include inter alia resource efficiency, circular economy, ocean health, marine litter, coral reefs, land degradation, biodiversity loss, water resource management, and ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Digital Economy

The Digital Economy Working Group, established in 2021, offers inspiration and broad guidance to policy makers on harnessing the digital potential of economies. The Working Group aims at digital transformation to enhance public participation and realize inclusive social and economic growth.

 

Disaster Risk

G20 countries have a high level of exposure to disaster risk, with a combined estimated Annual Average Loss of $218 billion or 9% of their average annual investment in infrastructure. G20 Leaders’ declarations have from time to time acknowledged the importance of disaster risk reduction and resilience. However, the issue has not been addressed by the G20 in a comprehensive and sustained manner. A new working group on Disaster Risk Reduction has therefore been established under India’s Presidency to encourage collective work by the G20, undertake multi-disciplinary research and exchange best practices on disaster risk reduction.

Development

Development Working Group (DWG) has been acting as the custodian of G20 ‘development agenda’ since its inception in 2010. After the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goals in 2015, DWG has played an important role in supporting Sherpas in both driving the G20 Sustainable Development agenda and in working with other workstreams to better understand the sustainable development intersections of G20 actions with efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Education

The Education Working Group (EdWG) was established in 2018 during Argentina’s Presidency. EdWG focuses on strengthening learning outcomes and equitable access through technological tools, digitalization, universal quality education, financing, partnerships for education and international cooperation. EdWG also collaborates with Employment and other WGs to address cross cutting issues like skill development and school-to-work transition

Employment

The Employment Working Group (EWG) started as the G20 Taskforce on Employment – set up in 2011 under the French Presidency – which was raised to Working Group level following the Leaders’ Declaration under the Australian Presidency in 2014. The first meeting of EWG took place under the Turkish Presidency in 2015.  The EWG discusses labour, employment and social issues to further develop strong, sustainable, balanced, inclusive and job-rich growth.


For more information, please visit:
Official Website: www.labour.gov.in
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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqj7BBWpocS3c7Xmv5XUTQg

Energy Transitions

Energy has been discussed in the G20 as a critical element for sustainable global economy since 2009. A dedicated Energy Sustainability Working Group was established in 2013 to discuss energy related issues. In 2017, energy was discussed as part of the Climate Sustainability Working Group. During the Argentine Presidency in 2018, the energy issues were de-linked from climate and steered towards discussions on energy transition under the Energy Transition Working Group. The Working Group deliberates on energy security, accessibility and affordability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, innovation, technology and financing.

Health

The Health Working Group was established under the German Presidency in 2017 to enhance dialogue and inform the G20 Leaders on important global health issues. The group works towards creating sustainable well-being societies committed to achieving equitable health for the present and future generations. Issues concerning preparedness of health systems for health emergencies, One Health approach, Digital Health, Universal Health Coverage, Compliance with International Health Regulations, Sustainable Financing, etc. are discussed.

Trade & Investment

The Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) was established in 2016. It focuses on subjects including strengthening the G20 trade and investment mechanism, promoting global trade growth, supporting the multilateral trading system, promoting global investment policy cooperation and coordination, and promoting inclusive and coordinated global value chains.

Tourism

Since its inception in 2020, the Tourism Working Group has brought together the member countries and relevant stakeholders to discuss, deliberate and guide the course of action for further development of local and global tourism, as also mitigating common challenges faced by the sector including the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the sector’s key role in global economy and its progress towards achieving Agenda 2030, making tourism more sustainable and boosting its resilience has been the Working Group’s primary focus in recent times.

G20 Finance Track discusses global macroeconomic issues through its meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, their Deputies and various working group meetings. Some of the key issues dealt by the Finance Track are global economic outlook and monitoring of global economic risks; reforms for a more stable and resilient global financial architecture; international taxation; financing quality infrastructure; sustainable finance; financial inclusion; financial sector reforms and financing for future health emergencies and investments in pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

Some of the key achievements of the Finance Track especially in the post-pandemic phase are Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), Common Framework for debt treatments beyond DSSI, G20 Sustainable Finance Roadmap, two pillar solution to tax challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy, G20 principles for quality infrastructure investment, proposal to create a Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for pandemic PPR etc.

Framework Working Groups

Framework Working Group (FWG) discusses global macroeconomic issues of current relevance, monitoring of global risks and uncertainties, and possible areas of policy co-ordination aimed at promoting Strong, Sustainable, Balanced, and Inclusive Growth (SSBIG) across the G20. India and the UK co-chair this working group.

International Financial Architecture

International Financial Architecture (IFA) Working Group deals with issues related to international financial architecture such as global financial safety net (GFSN); matters related to development finance; managing debt vulnerabilities and enhancing debt transparency; capital flow management and promoting local currency bond markets. The working group is co-chaired by South Korea and France.

Infrastructure Working Group

Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) deliberates on various aspects of infrastructure investments including developing infrastructure as an asset class; promoting quality infrastructure investment; Infratech; and identifying innovative instruments for mobilizing financial resources for infrastructure investment. The working group is co-chaired by Australia and Brazil.

Sustainable Finance Working Group

Sustainable Finance Working Group (SFWG) is a newly established group under the 2021 G20 Italian Presidency co-chaired by the US and China. The working group deliberates on how to help focus the attention of the G20, international organizations and other stakeholders to key priorities of the sustainable finance agenda and form consensus on key actions to be taken.

 

Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion

Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) works for advancing financial inclusion globally. Some of the work areas include ways to improve financial system infrastructure, pursue policies conducive to harnessing emerging technologies, facilitating remittance flows and reducing the cost of remittance transfers, financial literacy and consumer protection, digital financial literacy and bridging the digital divide among others. The GPFI is co-chaired by Italy and Russia.

Joint Finance & Health Task Force

Joint Finance and Health Task Force was established during the G20 Rome Leaders’ Summit, 2021. The Task Force is aimed at enhancing dialogue and global cooperation on issues relating to pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR), promoting the exchange of experiences and best practices, developing coordination arrangements between Finance and Health Ministries, promoting collective action, assessing and addressing health emergencies with cross-border impact, and encouraging effective stewardship of resources for pandemic PPR, while adopting a One Health approach.

International Taxation Agenda

International Taxation agenda in the G20 Finance Track is discussed directly at the level of the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies and there is no formal working group on taxation under the aegis of G20. The matters discussed under the group include addressing tax challenges arising from digitalization of the economy, fighting against tax evasion, ending bank secrecy and tax havens, exchange of information, and addressing tax avoidance by multinational corporations. The work on G20 international tax agenda is carried out in the OECD’s Inclusive Framework.

Financial Sector Issues

In the G20 Finance Track, Financial Sector issues are discussed directly at the level of the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies. There is no formal working group on the Financial Sector Issues under the aegis of the G20 Finance Track. The Financial Stability Board provides the necessary discussion papers for facilitating the Deputies’ discussion on the G20 financial sector agenda. The key areas discussed under the financial sector issues include strengthening global financial system resilience, prudential oversight, improving risk management, establishing supervisory colleges, enhancing cross-border payments, addressing structural vulnerabilities in non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI) and climate-related financial risk, assessment of risks from crypto-assets and policy approaches among others. 

Engagement Groups, comprising non-government participants from each G20 member, provide recommendations to the G20 Leaders and contribute towards the policy-making process.

Business20

The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum representing the global business community. Established in 2010, B20 is among the most prominent Engagement Groups in G20, with companies and business organizations as participants. The B20 leads the process of galvanizing global business leaders for their views on issues of global economic and trade governance and speaks in a single voice for the entire G20 business community. 

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has been designated as the Business 20 (B20) Secretariat for the India’s G20 Presidency. B20 India will host a series of discussions and policy advocacy forums, across India, covering the identified industry priorities, with the aim to realize the B20 strategic vision and translating it into concrete and actionable policy recommendations.

The B20 India website is now live and more details are available through the following link : www.b20india2023.org

For more information, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebusinesstwenty
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/b20india/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/b20-india/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/b20
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@B20India

Civil20

Civil20 (C20) Engagement Group was launched as an official G20 Engagement Group in 2013, though Civil Society engagement among the G20 member countries had started in 2010. C20 provides a platform for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) around the world to bring forth a non-government and non-business voice to G20. It provides space through which global CSOs can contribute in a structured and sustained manner to the G20.

The Civil20 India website is now live and more details are available through the following link : www.civil20.net

For more information, please visit:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C20EG
Instagram: https://instagram.com/civil20india2023?igshid=Zjc2ZTc4Nzk=
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/c20eg

Labour20

Labour20 (L20) Summit first took place formally during the French Presidency in 2011. L20 convenes trade union leaders from G20 countries and provides analyses and policy recommendations aimed at addressing labour related issues.

Parliament20

Parliament20 (P20) Engagement Group, started during Canada’s Presidency in 2010, is led by Speakers from Parliaments of G20 countries. Since Parliamentarians play an important role in guiding respective governments, P20 meetings aim to bring a parliamentary dimension to global governance, raise awareness, build political support for international commitments, and ensure that these are effectively translated into national realities.

 

Science20

Science20 Engagement Group, comprising the national science academies of the G20 countries, was initiated during Germany’s Presidency in 2017. It presents policymakers with consensus-based science-driven recommendations formulated through task forces comprising international experts.

The S20 India website is now live and more details are available through the following link : https://s20india.org/

For more information, please visit:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/S20_India

SAI20

Supreme Audit Institutions 20 (SAI20) is an Engagement Group introduced by the Indonesian Presidency in 2022. It is a forum to discuss the important role played by SAIs globally in ensuring transparency and accountability, and in promoting cooperation among the G20 members.

Startup20

Startup 20 Engagement Group has being initiated under G20 India presidency of 2023 which aspires to create a global narrative for supporting startups and enabling synergies between startups, corporates, investors, innovation agencies and other key ecosystem stakeholders.

The purpose of this group is to provide a common platform for startups from G20 member countries to come together to develop actionable guidance in the form of building of enabler’s capacities, identification of funding gaps, enhancement of employment opportunities, achievement of SDG targets & climate resilience, and growth of an inclusive ecosystem.

The Startup 20 India website is now live and more details are available through the following link : https://www.startup20india2023.org

For more information, please visit:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup20org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Startup20org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Startup20org
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup20org/
Koo: https://www.kooapp.com/profile/startup20org
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Startup20Org

Think20

Think20 (T20), as an official G20 Engagement Group, was initiated during the Mexican Presidency in 2012. It serves as an “idea bank” for the G20 by bringing together think tanks and high-level experts to discuss relevant international socio-economic issues. T20 recommendations are synthesized into policy briefs and presented to G20 working groups, ministerial meetings, and leaders’ summit to help the G20 deliver concrete policy measures.

The T20 India website is now live and more details are available through the following link : https://t20ind.org

For more information, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/T20orgIndia/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/t20org/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/t20india/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/T20org
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@Think20India

Urban20

Urban 20 or U20 is a city diplomacy initiative, comprising of cities from G20 countries. It strives to establish a lasting practice of engagement among cities to develop a collective message that emphasizes the role of cities in taking forward the sustainable development agenda. The U20 engagement group plays a vital role in contributing perspectives, concerns, and ideas from cities to inform and enrich the overall G20 negotiations.

The U20 was instituted in 2017 under the leadership of Mayors of Buenos Aires and Paris to bring together city representatives and leaders from U20 cities to deliberate on specific concerns of cities. C40 and UCLG are the conveners of U20 since its inception. Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Riyadh, Rome and Jakarta have previously chaired the U20.

Ahmedabad, one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities of India, is the Chair for the 6th edition of U20. Resonating with India’s G20 theme of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’, U20 Ahmedabad will emphasize that actions at the city level can drive lasting positive global outcomes underscoring the interconnectedness of the world and our shared future. The National Institute of Urban Affairs will work with the city of Ahmedabad as the Technical Secretariat for U20.

Building upon the legacy of previous U20 Communiqués, the following six priority areas have been identified as critical for inspiring city level actions to respond to global agendas. These will be further developed by collaborative deliberations among the U20 cities:

  • Encouraging Environmentally Responsible Behaviours
  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Accelerating Climate Finance
  • Championing ‘Local’ Identity
  • Reinventing Frameworks for Urban Governance and Planning
  • Catalyzing Digital Urban Futures

The Urban20 (U20) India website is now live and more details are available through the following link:
http://www.u20india.org

For more information, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/U20India/100088906533963/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/U20India
Youtube: https://youtube.com/@u20india
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/u20_india/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/urban-20-india/
U20 Conveners’ Website:https://www.urban20.org/

Women20

Women20 (W20) is an Engagement Group which was launched in 2015 during the Turkish Presidency. The primary purpose of W20 is to implement the “25×25” commitment adopted at Brisbane Summit in 2014, aimed at reducing the gender gap in labour force participation by 25% by the year 2025. W20 focuses on ‘gender inclusive economic growth’, and the following five are the priority areas for W20: Grassroots leadership, Entrepreneurship, Bridging the Gender Digital Divide, Education & Skill Development and Climate Change.

The W20 India website is now live and more details are available through the following link : https://www.w20india.org

For more information, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/W20Women20
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/w20india/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/W20India

Youtth20

Youth20 (Y20), with its first Y20 conference held in 2010, provides a platform that allows youth to express their vision and ideas on the G20 priorities, and comes up with a series of recommendations which are submitted to the G20 Leaders.

For more information, please visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/y20india?mibextid=ZbWKwL
Instagram: https://instagram.com/y20india?igshid=MTg0ZDhmNDA=
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/indiay20/about/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndiaY20