As part of the preparation for the G20 summit being hosted by Russia later this year, Revd Canon Dr Simon Stephens, Chaplain and Area Dean in Moscow, attended the workshop «G20 Future Development Agenda in Post-Busan Cooperation Architecture» last month in Moscow.
Representatives of governments, international institutions, civil society organisations and academia were part of this workshop to discuss the inclusion of the development agenda in the G20 negotiations. One of the main points of debate was the interrelation between the G20, the current Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Post-2015 process to establish new goals.
There was great support to press G20 governments to comply with their commitments to achieve the MDG as well as to support the United Nations to reach a global consensus on the Post-2015 Development agenda. The civil platform is organising several events to make recommendations to the G20 governments and to put forward key issues including food security, climate change, and anti-corruption agreements.
The G20 gathers the 20 richest economies in the world. This year the summit is chaired by Russia which has set up growth as a priority, including: food security, energy sustainability, financial inclusion, post MDGs; fighting corruption, among others. The summit is going to take place in St Petersburg on 5th -6th September. The Anglican Alliance is working with the Diocese in Europe to make the Anglican voice heard in the run up to the summit.
This builds on Anglican presence at last year’s G20 in Mexico, when the Anglican Alliance organised for the Mexican provincial secretary to attend civil society events. The Alliance is also working with churches in the Pacific around next year’s G20 which is being hosted by Australia.