Nominations are now open! G20 consultations with civil society organisations take place every year. This means that we can all influence the agenda for the world’s top 20 leaders when they meet in Australia next year.
Online nominations (pictured, right) are taking place until 20th December 2013, which will give all members of the public an opportunity to shape the G20 agenda next year.
Anglicans around the world can help put food security and financial inclusion on the agenda for the world top 20 richest nations.
Go to the C20 website and select “Food Security” as the number one priority, and ‘Financial Inclusion and Remittances” as second. Get them on the agenda for the G20 next year, and make a difference to the lives of millions living in poverty.
People in all corners of the world need to have a secure supply of nutritious food to meet their daily needs. And with nearly one billion people around the world going hungry every day, and the world’s population continuing to increase, we need to take action.
G20 leaders can make sure they prioritise the needs of developing countries, and end the scandal of nearly one billion people around the world going hungry every day.
Revd Tim Costello, head of the C20 Steering Committee, has urged individuals as well as civil society groups throughout the world to take advantage of the opportunity to put their views forward.
He said, “All civil society members are welcome to participate in these consultations and we are urging groups across the globe to visit our website, so you can vote on those policy matters that are most important to you.”
Revd Costello said that the final tally of votes from the online consultations would be used to shape the C20s list of priority issues to take to the G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held in Brisbane in November 2014.
He said, “Once votes are counted we will set our agenda around the key issues that our members have identified as the greatest priority. The C20 which enjoyed unprecedented access at this year’s G20 Summit in Russia has now been established as a formal component of the ongoing G20 dialogue.”
The Anglican Alliance has held a platform at the C20 Summit since 2012, and has helped influence policies and shape world leader’s decisions on the key issues facing developing countries.
In Russia earlier this year, former Anglican Alliance Director Sally Keeble made a presentation on food security at the Summit, making the case for smallholder and women farmers, and the role of the church as it supports local communities.
Progress was made at the G20 this year, and the Russian’s St Petersburg Development Outlook gave priority to food security. The Outlook focusses on smallholder and family farmers, and the empowerment of women, who provide more than half of the world’s food. The Anglican Alliance fully supports the St Petersburg document, and the conclusions it reached on food security.