Food security, climate change and economic empowerment will be top of the agenda for the Anglican Alliance at the G20 Civil Society Summit in Moscow on June 13th and 14th.
Anglican Alliance director Sally Keeble will be attending the Summit to make sure the Anglican voice is heard, and to take forward the priorities agreed across the Communion.
The Civil Society Summit brings together key international agencies ahead of the summit for the Leaders of the key 20 countries in the world. It helps to shape the global agenda, and provides a chance for civil society organisations to agree on the priorities to put to the heads of government.
This year the G20 is being hosted by the Russian Federation, whose priorities include economic empowerment, fighting corruption, multilateral trade, and the international financial architecture, and energy sustainability. Food security is on the Civil Society Summit agenda.
The Alliance will be pressing for economic inclusion of marginalised communities, especially through support for micro-finance programmes for providing access to finance for the very poor. In food security, the priorities will include greater security of tenure for subsistence farmers, and better access for them to finance and markets. The Anglican Alliance 2011 consultations agreed that economic empowerment and food security would be the priorities for global advocacy, and pressed these issues during the 2012 G20 discussions in Mexico.
On energy sustainability, the Alliance will be highlighting the wide variations of energy consumption between rich and poor nations, and the impact on vulnerable coastal communities of the unsustainable energy policies of the most developed economies.
Next year the G20 is being hosted by Australia, and Alliance partners there are looking at advocacy on climate change, providing a platform for the small islands of the South Pacific whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels.