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Monday, 05 August 2013 11:40

Launch of the Civil20, Moscow, Russia

Written by Marianne Buenaventura Goldman

SAFPI Policy Brief 40

On 13-14 June 2013 a two-day meeting of the Civil20 was held in Moscow, Russia. After many years of lobbying by international civil society for a formal civil society process and space at the G20, the Civil20 was launched under the G20 Presidency of Russia.

The main goal of the Civil20 is to promote dialogue between global civil society, politicians and decision-makers in relation to the priorities set out in the official agenda for 2013, with particular focus on: growth through quality jobs and investment; growth through trust and transparency; and growth through effective regulation. Civil society divided its work into seven thematic working groups and a task force on inequality to engage with the G20 leaders in Russia.

One of the key areas in which Oxfam engages the G20 is in taking action to reduce global inequality. More than half the world’s poorest people live in G20 countries. G20 leaders have acknowledged that “for prosperity to be sustained it must be shared”. Oxfam co-authored the Civil20's draft report on inequality. The report, endorsed by the Civil20 as well as by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, is to be presented to G20 leaders at the St Petersburg G20 Summit in September. Civil society hopes that Russia will use the report as the basis for a new G20 "St Petersburg Initiative to Ensure Strong, Sustainable, Balanced, and Inclusive Growth" that affirms equality and inclusion.

South Africa, with the dubious distinction of being the G20 country with the highest level of income inequality, is well aware of the perils of economic growth that fails to reach the poorest. And, as Africa’s sole member at this premier economic forum and a co-chair of the G20 Development Working Group, it has a duty to speak for the continent’s most vulnerable. A number of organisations from South Africa took part in the Civil20, including the Economic Justice Network, the South African National AIDS Council, and the Institute for Global Dialogue.

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