Raising the voice of Anglicans in the G20

28 May 2012

The Anglican voice is being heard in the preparatory meetings for the G20. At a session last Friday, 24th May in Madrid, Spain the Alliance joined other organisations in welcoming the Mexican inclusion of climate change and food security on the agenda and calling for more specific and practical results from the pre-G20 negotiations process.

The meeting was attended by Tania Niño Arevalo, the relief Manager of the Anglican Alliance. It followed the previous seminary in Mexico City which was attended by Revd Canon Habacuc Ramos-Huerta, the secretary general of the Church in Mexico.

The document “Anglicans and Sustainable Development – A Contribution to the G20 Debate” has also been posted in the G20 official website. It was written by Rev. Canon Jeff Golliher, Ph.d.

The last meeting in Madrid gathered negotiators and high ranking members of the Mexican government, along with members of the Spanish government. Oxfam was co-hosting the event with the Mexican Embassy.

Financial issues stemming from the global economic crisis were top of the agenda. This was followed by a report of the discussions of the working group on development, centred on the priorities set in previous G20 meetings such as infrastructure and green growth, and finally a broader discussion around food security.

Participants of the meeting had the opportunity to express their views and opinions regarding the presentations. They welcomed and emphasised the importance of the inclusion of topics such as climate change and food security within the priorities of Mexico but demanded more specific and practical results from the negotiations. There was also clear that civil society wants these spaces to be real opportunities to influence heads of state as well as to continue developing and strengthening this mechanism of participations for future G20 meetings.

The next summit is going to be held in Russia and later in 2014 in Australia.