On September 5-6, leaders from around the world gathered in St. Petersburg for the 2013 G20 summit. Hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the meeting was held at the Constantine Palace, where the group discussed major issues facing the global economy.
The leaders’ summit was the culmination of a months-long process, which has seen meetings and consultations of groups from different halls of government, business, and civil society from the G20 nations.
On July 19-20, the G20 Finance Ministers, Labor Ministers, and Central Bank Governors held meetings in Moscow. Read the Labour and Employment and Finance Ministers’ Communiqué here, and the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Communiqué here. InterAction has also written a summary of the meeting outcomes.
The Russians have also released a collection of official G20 documents.
Civil Society Recommendations for the G20 Summit
In response to the proposed agenda, the InterAction's G8/G20 Advocacy Alliance composed the following recommendations:
- 2013 G20 Summit Recommendations: St. Petersburg, Russia
- 2013 G20 Background Policy Brief: Anti-corruption and Transparency
The 2013 G8 Summit
On June 17-18, leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. met in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland for the 2013 G8 summit. Together they issued the following statements and documents:
- G8 Lough Erne Declaration
- G8 Leaders' Communiqué
- G8 Action Plan Principles to Prevent the Misuse of Companies and Legal Arrangements
- G8 Open Data Charter
Read InterAction's reaction to this year's summit outcomes here.
Civil Society Recommendations for the G8 Summit
With the priorities of the UK presidency in mind, InterAction's G8/G20 Advocacy Alliance wrote a series of policy papers outlining the recommendations for the G8 summit:
- 2013 G8 Summit Recommendations: Lough Erne, United Kingdom
- 2013 G8 Background Policy Brief: Anti-corruption and Transparency
- Establishing G8 Accountability: Still a Work in Progress
- 2013 G8 Background Policy Brief: Newborn, Child and Maternal Health
- 2013 G8 Policy Brief: Sexual Violence in War
Writing about what civil society would like to see out of the G8 summit, InterAction members and partners published a series of blogs on the The Huffington Post. There is one blog from each of the G8 countries:
- Canada - Canada Under Pressure at G8 on Mining Transparency
- France - Keep the Momentum Building: With Pro-Nutrition Policies and Political Will, We Can End Deadly Malnutrition in a Generation
- Germany - G8: It's Time to Be Accountable for Ending Child Deaths
- Italy - Italy's G8 Record: The Good Start Is Long Lost
- Japan - An Example To Follow: Japan's Historic Commitment To Infectious Disease Control
- Russia - G8 Summit: A Civil Society-Driven Agenda - Russia Please Take Note
- United Kingdom - The Human Cost of Empty Promises
- United States - Can G8 Leaders Be Accountable at Lough Erne
For more coverage of the G8, click here.
Nutrition for Growth Event
The U.K. also organized an event on nutrition on June 8, a little more than a week before the G8. The event brought together politicians, scientists, business leaders and civil society representatives to tackle nutrition. At this event, InterAction announced its $750 million nutrition pledge. Leading up to the hunger summit, InterAction members wrote a series of blogs about why tackling nutrition is important, check out the blogs here.
We will continue to update this webpage throughout the year as we receive and publish more information on development-related aspects of the G8 and G20 summits. For more information on InterAction's G8/G20 work, contact John Ruthrauff, director of international advocacy.