While green growth received no or very little attention in 8 of the 12 capitals, with news outlets in Mexico, Germany, Indonesia and China giving the issue some attention, it did receive significant attention at the Business 20 (B20) summit.
Other issues surfacing for public attention in these G20 capitals were resources for, and reform of, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), food security and trade.
The implication of these results seems to be that financial regulatory reform has fallen from the public interest “radar screen,” despite the fact that key elements of the reform agenda remain incomplete. Green growth seems to be a work in progress both in the G20 and the B20 and in the wake of the Rio+20 UN conference, providing opportunities for a more focused definition and a stronger agenda for implementation.
This overview speculates whether the domestic public pressure for political reform in Russia, the need for further strengthening of global governance reforms in the G20 and the IMF, the need for attention in crucial areas such as energy, global growth and rebalancing, and the push for financial regulatory reform might not dovetail during the Russian G20 presidency in 2013 to create a complementary force field for Russian leadership on both domestic and international reform next year.