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January 11, 2021

Italy and the Dubious Honor of Chairing the G20

For 2021, Italy has been given chairmanship of the Group of 20, which brings together the world’s 20 most important countries. On paper, they represent 60% of the world’s population and 80% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While the shaky Italian government will somehow perform this task (in the general indifference of the political system), the fact remains that this apparently prestigious position is in fact very deceiving: the G20 is now a very weak institution that brings no kudos to the rotating chairman. Besides, it is actually the institution which bears the greatest part of responsibility for the decline of the UN as the body responsible for global governance, a task that the G20 has very seldom been able to face up to.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2021/01/italy-dubious-honor-chairing-g20/
November 26, 2020

G20 Puts More into Fossil Than Green Energy in Covid-19 Recovery Packages

As the world’s leading economies direct trillions of dollars towards Covid-19 recovery packages, a significant proportion is going to fossil fuel industries without climate stipulations, according to the 2020 edition of the Climate Transparency Report – which has assessed the climate performance of G20 countries.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2020/11/g20-puts-fossil-green-energy-covid-19-recovery-packages/
November 19, 2020

Youth Demand a ‘Fair Share’ from World Leaders Ahead of G20 Summit

Heads of youth movements and student unions are challenging the world’s richest nations to correct an ‘incredibly unequal’ global response to COVID-19, by considering the plight of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2020/11/youth-demand-a-fair-share-from-world-leaders-ahead-of-g20-summit/
April 3, 2020

What More than COVID-19 to Jolt G20 into Collective Action?

My recent study on “The G20@10: Time to shift gears” 1 shows that, during the past decade, the main joint, collective action of the G20 has been to issue communiqués and other types of statements.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2020/04/covid-19-jolt-g20-collective-action/
October 5, 2018

G20 Women’s Summit Pushes for Rural Women’s Rights

Rural women play a key role in food production, but face discrimination when it comes to access to land or are subjected to child marriage, the so-called affinity group on gender parity within the G20 concluded during a meeting in the Argentine capital.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/10/g20-womens-summit-pushes-rural-womens-rights/
April 20, 2018

Argentina Aims for a Delicate Climate Balance in the G20

As president this year of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and emerging nations, Argentina has now formally begun the task of trying to rebuild a consensus around climate change. It will be an uphill climb, since the position taken by the United States in 2017 led to a noisy failure in the group with regard to the issue.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/04/argentina-aims-delicate-climate-balance-g20/
July 24, 2017

The G20 Needs To Go Back to its Roots

When the finance ministers of the G7 countries proposed the G20 in the late 1990s, a good sense of realism prevailed. They recognized that addressing issues of global finance required the political support from—and involvement of—emerging market economies.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/07/g20-needs-go-back-roots/
July 12, 2017

G20 Becomes G19 on Climate Change

The G20 meeting of leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies ended a few days ago in Hamburg, Germany with a strong statement of commitment for implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by 19 of the leaders, with the exception of President Trump who has decided to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/07/g20-becomes-g19-climate-change/
July 7, 2017

G20’s Record Does Not Inspire Hope

The G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July comes almost a decade after the grouping’s elevation to meeting at the heads of state/government level. Previously, the G20 had been an informal forum of finance ministers and central bank governors from advanced and emerging economies created in 1999 following the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/07/g20s-record-not-inspire-hope/
February 27, 2017

Corruption: Promises, But Not Enough Progress from G20 Countries

Open data is a pretty simple concept: governments should publish information about what they do to fight corruption– data that can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose, according to two major international anti-corruption watchdogs. This is particularly important in the fight against corruption.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/02/corruption-promises-but-not-enough-progress-from-g20-countries/
February 23, 2017

Five Key G20 Powers Break Promise to Help Tackle Corruption

Five key G20 countries are failing to meet commitments to publish data that helps tackle corruption, warns a new report by international anti-corruption watchdogs.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/02/five-key-g20-powers-break-promise-to-help-tackle-corruption/
September 9, 2015

G20 Finance Ministers Committed to Sustainable Development

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the world’s 20 major economies, accounting for 66 percent of world population, have pledged to “promote an enabling global economic environment for developing countries as they pursue their sustainable development agendas”.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/09/g20-finance-ministers-committed-to-sustainable-development/
June 29, 2015

Opinion: “Slight Deceleration” in G20 Trade Restrictions but Continued Vigilance Needed

The latest report by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on G20 trade measures shows a slight deceleration in the application of new trade-restrictive measures by G20 economies, with the average number of such measures applied per month lower than at any time since 2013.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/06/opinion-slight-deceleration-in-g20-trade-restrictions-but-continued-vigilance-needed/
June 7, 2015

Opinion: G20 Turkish Presidency Keen to Benefit the Global Community

Turkey assumed the Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) on Dec. 1, 2014. It will culminate in the Antalya Summit on Nov. 15-16. Our priorities build upon the G20 multi-year agenda, but also reflect particular themes we see as important for 2015.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/06/opinion-g20-turkish-presidency-keen-to-benefit-the-global-community/
November 18, 2014

G20 Seeks to Streamline Private Investment in Infrastructure

Industrialised countries have agreed to collaborate on a new programme aimed at funnelling significant private-sector investment into global infrastructure projects, particularly in developing countries.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/11/g20-seeks-to-streamline-private-investment-in-infrastructure/
November 11, 2014

Why Are G20 Governments Subsidising Dangerous Climate Change?

Just a week after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave its starkest warning yet that the vast majority of existing oil, gas and coal reserves need to be kept in the ground, a new report reveals that governments are flagrantly ignoring these warnings and continuing to subsidise exploration for fossil fuels.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/11/why-are-g20-governments-subsidising-dangerous-climate-change/
April 1, 2014

Russia Expelled From G8, but G20? Not So Fast

When Western powers, led by the United States, decided to throw Russia out of the Group of 8 (G8) industrial nations, it was aimed at punishing and "isolating" President Vladimir Putin for his intervention in Ukraine and "annexation" of Crimea.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/04/russia-expelled-g8-g20-fast/
February 25, 2014

G20 Urges U.S. Action on IMF Reforms by April

The Group of 20 (G20) industrialised and emerging economies on Sunday formally expressed frustration with the ongoing inability of the United States to approve a major reform package that would see governance at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shift more towards developing countries.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/02/g20-urges-u-s-action-imf-reforms-april/
September 17, 2013

The Emerging Economies and the G20 Summit at St. Petersburg

The eighth G20 Summit convened in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5-6, 2013 was dominated by the Syrian crisis, deflecting attention from the mandate of the gathering to serve as the premier forum for international economic coordination.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/the-emerging-economies-and-the-g-20-summit-at-st-petersburg/
September 5, 2013

Syria Strike Set to Overshadow G20 Summit

World leaders from G20 are meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, amid sharp differences over possible U.S. military action against Syria in response to what the U.S. administration calls a deadly chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/syria-strike-set-to-overshadow-g20-summit/
June 21, 2012

G20 Produces Little for Developing World – or Anyone Else

The release of the final communiqué of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Tuesday evening has been met with widespread derision from observers across the ideological spectrum.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/06/g20-produces-little-for-developing-world-or-anyone-else/
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