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Conference Presentations (16)

The seaside resort of Fortaleza in the northern part of Brazil was the destination for the sixth summit for the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) group of nations. Flying into the city, one would not be immediately aware it was playing host to this increasingly significant geo-strategic platform of the Global South. Daily life moved along routinely.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:37

Official outputs of the Sixth BRICS Summit, July 2014

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Three documents have been produced by the the BRICS Summit, which took place 14-16 July, in Fortaleza, Brazil. Click on the documents below to view the full text of each:Sixth BRICS Summit: Fortaleza Declaration (includes the Fortaleza Action Plan), July 15, 2014Treaty for the Establishment of a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement, July 15, 2014Agreement on the New Development Bank, July 15, 2014 
On March 17th, CGTI-FGV – Center for Global Trade and Investments of Getúlio Vargas Foundation, a think-tank on International Trade held by FGV Sao Paulo School of Economics, organized a workshop with the purpose of discussing potential economic and legal impacts that the new Mega Trade Agreements on the WTO and on BRICS countries. It was a perfect timing for introducing such issues because of the 6th BRICS Summit scheduled to be held in Brazil in July 2014.In the event, members of the BRICS Trade and Economics Research Network (BRICS-TERN), a group that was established four years ago by five…
In an increasingly multipolar world, global development has undergone deep changes over the past years. Millions of families have been lifted out of extreme poverty, and the group of emerging economies and middle-income countries has expanded. As members of this new ‘middle class of nations’, the BRICS group is now at the center of non-traditional development cooperation, along with other emerging economies such as Colombia, Mexico and Indonesia.
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:04

2013 G-20 Summit: Documents

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Official Summit DocumentsG20 Leaders' Declaration, September 6, 2013Annexes referred to in the G20 Leaders' DeclarationSt Petersburg Action Plan, September 6, 2013Annex 1: St. Petersburg Fiscal Templates – G20 Advanced EconomiesAnnex 2: St. Petersburg Fiscal Templates – G20 Emerging Market EconomiesAnnex 3: MAP Policy TemplatesAnnex 4: The St. Petersburg Accountability Assessment and Progress Towards Strong, Sustainable, and Balanced GrowthG20 Study Group on Financing for Investment, July 2013G20/OECD High-Level Principles of Long-Term Investment Financing by Institutional Investors, September 2013Advancing Transparency in Regional Trade Agreements, September 6, 2013G20 Roadmap Towards Strengthened Oversight and Regulation of Shadow Banking, September 6, 2013Global Partnership for Financial…
Presentation from the Economic Policy Dialogue between Emerging Economies’ Think Tanks held in Haikou, China from 3 to 5 November 2012. This meeting was hosted by the China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD) on the theme of “Road towards Equitable and Sustainable Development---Future of Emerging Economies”.Click here to download the notes of the presentation [PDF] or the Powerpoint [PDF], DEEPENING BRICS ENGAGEMENT FOR MORE EFFECTIVE GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE, made by Catherine Grant-Makokera at the CIRD meeting.Click here to view the video of the Presentation.Catherine Grant-Makokera is head of the Economic Diplomacy ­programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 10:49

First Annual G20 Conference Report

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 Click here to download the First Annual G20 Conference Report (355.54 kB).For all other materials and outcomes related to this conference, click here to visit the blog piece.The first Annual "G20 and Africa" Conference was hosted on 10 December 2012 by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the International Development Law Unit in the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (UP).
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 09:56

G20 – African Food Security Agenda Under Test

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Agricultural development in Africa is key, if the continent is to adequately feed its expanding population. But how can the productivity of African farmland be increased?I posed the question to Cerkia Bramley, a Food Researcher in the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing in the University of Pretoria in a recent visit to South Africa. “The G20 should tailor programs that push for Agricultural subsidy in the continent of Africa because we have realized that structural adjustments in the continent will first scrap off Agricultural subsidy”, she responded.Earlier, Bramley told the First Annual African G20 Conference in Centurion, South Africa…
Friday, 14 December 2012 10:56

‘Consoliate African agenda to G20’

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THE African Development Bank (AfDB) says its members should identify common issues affecting them to enable Africa’s only representative, South Africa to the Group of 20 (G20) to present a consolidated African agenda.AfDB principal infrastructure specialist for southern Africa Mtchera Chirwa said South Africa’s representation to the G20 can only be meaningful if the African countries form a common ground because only the needs of South Africa are currently being raised to the G20.“African countries need to convene annual meetings to enhance the African agenda to the G20…South Africa has  roles to play, firstly by promoting its own interests and spearheading the African interests as well,” he said.Mr Chirwa was speaking here yesterday at the Southern African Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and University of Pretoria’s International Development Law Unit organised conference on Africa and the G20 aimed at analysing the role of G20 in African development.Read the rest of…
A presentation made by GEGAfrica's Peter Draper, in Moscow, at the G20 Think 20 meeting 11 December.The presentation is based on the a report, "THE SHIFTING GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRADE POLICY", which Draper co-authored while chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Global Trade System.
Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

The G20’s Global Governance: Working for the World

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by John Kirton, Co-director, G20 Research Group, University of Toronto Lecture delivered as part of an international workshop on “The G20 and the Democratic Challenges of Global Governance,” Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, November 8, 2012. This lecture is based substantially on John Kirton (2013), G20 Governance for a Globalized World (Ashgate, Farnham, in press).
by Peter Draper, Senior Research Fellow, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and Andreas Freytag, Professor, Friedrich-Schiller-University and SAIIASee download link at the end of this article to read the full policy briefing.Presented at the Kiel institute for the World Economy, September 2012.
Friday, 14 September 2012 08:58

South Africa must push to make Brics work for Africa

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SA’s PLANS for hosting the Brics summit in Durban in March next year are in full swing. This comes just more than a year ago after SA officially joined this exclusive club of rising powers — comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China. The key question is what tangible benefits the summit can bring.
Presentation at the Conference at the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, October 21-23, 2010Download the PDF of the Executive Summary from the G20 Information Centre at the University of Toronto [English - PDF]. Download the PDF of the Full Report from the G20 Information Centre at the University of Toronto [English - PDF].Executive SummaryOn the eve of the first G20 summit to be hosted by a Asian country the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), The Stanley Foundation (TSF), The Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, the Lowy Institute and The Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) invited leading…
Fall 2010, Journal of the East Asia Foundation.Click here to read the full briefing in the Journal.Executive Summary:When the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, a curious thing happened. The world turned to the Group of 20 nations, not the elite Group of 8, to call for collective action to avert another Great Depression. Since then, the G-20 has been hailed as the new forum for global leadership. But, as global governance specialist Alan S. Alexandroff argues, there are many obstacles to overcome before the G-20 can exercise that new leadership role.
Nicholas Bayne, International Relations Department, London School of Economics and Political Science. Presentation to the Promoting Conflict Prevention and Human Security: What Can the G9 Do? Conference of the G8 Research Group, University of Toronto, July 16 2001.Download this presentation [PDF] from the G20 Information Centre at the University of Toronto.IntroductionThis paper is not about conflict prevention as such. It is instead about how decisions are made – on conflict prevention or any other subject – at the G8 summit and in the G7/G8 system as a whole. Summit meetings like the G7 and G8, where heads of government meet…

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