Alliance speaks out on food security, climate change and migrant workers at the G20

14 June 2013

Speaking out at the first ever G20 summit for civil society which ends in Moscow today (June 14th) Anglican Alliance Director Sally Keeble pressed for food security and climate change to be on the priority list for the next G20 which will be led by Australia.

And she also won support for legal protection for migrant workers to be built into the address which goes from civil society to the G20 leaders meeting later this year.

The C20 Summit brought together civil society organisations from around the world to draw up recommendations to put to the meeting of the leaders of the world’s 20 richest nations. It also drew up priorities to put to the Australian government which takes over the presidency of the G20 next year.  Australia has already committed to hold a similar summit for civil society, and the working group that prepares it will be chaired by Baptist Rev Tim Costello, chief executive of World Vision Australia.

At the Anglican Alliance founding consultations in Africa, the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, food security and climate change were identified as key focal points for the Alliance’s global advocacy at the G20. Last year at the ACC15 in New Zealand, delegates from the Pacific agreed to press for the subject to be included on the agenda for the G20 in Australia in 2014. The G20 agenda will be decided by the Australian government when it takes over the presidency later this year: meanwhile the civil society summit will decide its agenda through its working grop.

Protection for migrants, refugees and trafficked people was identified as a priority for regional advocacy at the Anglican Alliance founding consultation in Asia, and the details of the advocacy campaign will be decided at the Alliance’s East and South East Asia forum meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next week.

“Getting food security and climate change on the agenda for the G20 in Australia next year can provide a platform for Anglicans in the Pacific to speak out on a key issue that affects the survival of some of their nations, and the well-being of their communities,” Sally Keeble said.

“Migrants, refugees and trafficked people are among the most vulnerable in the world.  Altogether there are about 245 million such people –   in numbers, they are the equivalent of the fifth largest country in the world.  St Johns Cathedral in Hong Kong has provided a strong ministry to this community, and will be part of the discussions in Kuala Lumpur.

“Getting these items on the G20 agenda demonstrates how Anglicans, coming together, can transform unjust structures of society –  one of our Anglican marks of mission.”