Civil 20 is a meeting for policy dialogue between the Political Leaders of G20 countries and representatives of civil society organizations working on the issues related to the agenda of G20 Summit. The goal of Civil G20 meeting is to facilitate exchange of ideas and opinions about the agenda of the G20 Summit and discuss pertinent issues which are of relevance to civil society with a view to making substantive contributions to policy formulation based on the civil society assessment of the main agenda and issues of the G20 Summit.
Civil 20 is represented by grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, academics and other actors who significantly contribute to transparency, review and evaluation processes as well as to monitoring the outcomes and commitments of the G-20. The deliberations for G20 civil society started in the Toronto summit in June 2010. The Russian G20 presidency have elaborated on the idea and agreed on a plan of action with several milestones.
Moscow Civil 20 Conference, December 11-13, 2012
The first Civil 20 Conference took place in Moscow, Russia on December 11-13, 2012 within the Russian G20 Presidency. The conference participants included the representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, think-tanks. The discussions in this meeting focused on:
- Findings and recommendations from the Report on G20 Implementation of Key Decisions Made by G20 Leaders
- Presenting the ideas for the thematic report on enhancing G20 efficiency in promoting economic equality and well-being of citizens
- Discussing a plan of CivilG20 activities for 2013
Civil 20 Dialogues
In 2013, under Russian presidency, a pilot project was launched to expand the dialogue and democratize the consultation with civil society. The first G20 Civil summit was held in Moscow on June 13-14 2013. Civil 20 summit was attended by over 350 representatives of civil society, international organizations, business community, government officials and the media. The Civil Communiqué - an address to the G20 Leaders - was agreed on the results of the Summit.
C20 Summit, 2014
The C20 summit was held in Melbourne on June 19-21, 2014. The Summit was organised by the Australian C20 Steering Committee which is chaired by Mr. Tim Costello AO, CEO of World Vision Australia. Australian Foreign Minister Ms. Julie Bishop and Minister for Social Services Mr. Kevin Andrews also attended the Summit. Throughout the year C20 working groups met and worked to prepare position papers on various issues related to those being deliberated in G20. In the Summit, C20 discussed inclusive growth, equity and participation, anti-corruption, infrastructure planning, climate change and finance, governance, tax transparency, employment etc. among other topics. Following the C20 Summit, delegates presented the C20 communique to the Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Tony Abbott. Ms. Pooja Rangaprasad Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, India, co-chaired C20 Governance Working Group and also represented in the panel on Tax and Transparency during the C20 Summit. Mr. Sameer Dosani of ActionAid represented as one of the co-chairs in the C20 Infrastructure Working Group.