The 2014 G20 Summit was held November 15-16 in Brisbane, Australia. Leaders from the world's advanced and emerging economies met to discuss issues of vital importance to the global economy. Their decisions, as articulated in the G20 Leaders' Communiqué, focused around growth and job creation, icreasing global economic resilience, and strengthening institutions.
In addition to the communiqué, the G20 released a number of supporting documents agreed to at the summit. These included the Brisbane Action Plan, which "outlines the individual and collective actions that [G20 nations] are taking in pursuit of strong, sustainable and balanced growth." Other documents covered a wide range of topics, including Food Security, Infrastructure, Financial Inclusion, Anti-Corruption, and Beneficial Ownership Transparency. A full collection of these documents, along with additional reports from outside groups (IMF, OECD, etc.) submitted to the G20, can be found here.
In the final passage of their communiqué, G20 leaders confirmed that the 2015 summit will be held November 15-16 in Antalya, Turkey. They also announced that China will host the 2016 summit.
A full schedule of 2014 G20 events, along with additional background information, can be found here. The U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance has composed a policy paper detailing its recommendations for the summit, which can be found here.
The Civil Society 20 (C20) summit was held June 20-21 in Melbourne, Australia. At this summit, CSO representatives discussed major issues and finalized their recommendations for the G20 leaders.
The group officially released these recommendations in the Australian C20 Summit Communique.
The C20 also released position papers on the following topics:
The G7 Summit
Due to recent events in Europe, the planned 2014 G8 summit in Sochi, Russia did not take place. Instead, leaders of the G7 nations met in Brussels, Belgium on June 4-5, where they discussed a variety of pressing issues; these included the global economy, energy, climate change, and development. G7 leaders identified economic growth and job creation as their "top priority," and dedicated significant attention to unfolding events in Ukraine.
The outcomes of this meeting can be found in the Brussels G7 Summit Declaration.
A collection of NGO reactions to the summit outcomes can be found here.
In preparation for next year's summit, Germany has officially assumed the Presidency of the G7. Chancellor Angela Merkel will host the other G7 leaders in June, 2015, at the Schloss Elmau hotel in Bavaria. Related meetings will include a G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting on May 27-29, 2015, in Dresden.
Germany Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble has outlined three main priorities for his country's presidency:
- Enacting structural economic reforms to promote sustainable growth
- Addressing gaps in financial market regulation
- Fighting tax avoidance
We will continue to update this webpage throughout the year as we receive and publish more information on development-related aspects of the G7 and G20 summits. For more information on InterAction's G7/G20 work, contact John Ruthrauff, Director of International Advocacy.