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International and Humanitarian Advocacy at the G7 & G20 Summits

In 2005, prior to the UK Gleneagles G8 Summit, InterAction began significant advocacy work on issues addressed at the annual G8 summits, focusing on debt cancellation for the most heavily-indebted poor countries. In 2009 InterAction expanded its advocacy efforts to influencing the newly-formed G20 summits. Today InterAction is as busy as ever on G7 and G20 advocacy, playing a leading role in encouraging these groups to address the needs of people in the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries.

An important week for civil society and the G7 and G20 summits

This week the official, key representatives for each of the member G7 and G20 countries (also known as Sherpas“) met in Frankfurt, Germany and Florence, Italy, respectively. On the agenda was the continued discussion and negotiation over a host of critical global issues under consideration for this year’s summits.

Can the G20 pull together to end financial secrecy and curb corruption?

The world will be watching the G20 leaders in Brisbane this weekend (November 15-16) to see if they can address the world’s slow economic growth, the problem of anonymous companies and global inequality. As the host country, Australia has had the strongest voice in setting the G20 agenda, as well as in facilitating the relationships of the G20 with the business community, organized labor and civil society.

Why the G8 'Commitments' Lacked Measurable Actions

Last month G8 leaders met at the exclusive Lough Erne golf resort in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Yet, what were the practical implications for those living in extreme poverty around the world or – for that matter – the 99 percent of people living in the G8 countries? Were concrete actions taken?

Before the summit, I wrote a piece about measurable actions the G8 should take that would bring meaningful change to people around the world. So, how did they do?

Can G8 Leaders be Accountable at Lough Erne?

Next month, the heads of state of the Group of Eight (G8) countries will meet at an exclusive golf hideaway on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. At their annual meeting at this isolated luxury lake front resort, the leaders of the most powerful countries in the world should take steps to improve the conditions of those less fortunate. A good start would be if leaders addressed three core areas: accountability; anti-corruption and transparency; and food security and nutrition.

Mexican Ministers Give Encouragement for Food and Development

On Saturday members of civil society met with three senior Mexican ministers. John Ruthrauff talks about what they discussed.

Scouting Expedition for G8 Summit Locations

On Tuesday, January 31st a reconnaissance team from InterAction took the train to Deauville, France, site of the May G8 summit, and Trouville, its neighboring town to scout potential locations for the G8 summit international media center and possible sites for international NGOs who will be attending the summit.

On the Road to G8/G20 French Summits

At last week's Global G8/G20 Working Group strategy meeting, 130 NGO representatives from 20+ countries gathered in Paris and agreed on a range of activities and positions.  The gathering was opened by Christian Masset from the French Foreign Affairs Ministry and Sous Sherpa for the Summits.  He announced that the G8 Summit will be held May 26-27 in Deauville France on coast of Normandy about 2 hours from Paris. 

European NGOs Prepare for French G8 and G20 Summits

PARIS, FRANCE—I visited with five of our European allies as they prepare for the G8 Summit in May and the G20 Summit in November, which will take place in France. 130 NGO representatives are gathering in Paris from all over the world to plan advocacy, media and campaign strategies to influence the agenda of the two summits.  In preparation for the Global G8/G20 Working Group strategy meeting, I met with a number of our UK and French allies. 

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