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2017 G20 Summit

The 2017 G20 Summit was held in the German port city of Hamburg on July 7-8. G20 leaders met at Hamburg Messe, the city's exhibition and trade fair center. The 2017 G20 agenda included familiar themes related to global economics and finance, climate, trade, labor and employment, and development. More specifically, Germany announced its intention to continue with the themes it prioritized during its 2015 G7 presidency. These included:

  • Strengthening resilience of the global financial system
  • Tackling harmful tax competition
  • Global economic growth
  • Trade
  • Spread of digital technology
  • Climate policy
  • Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  • Health / Combatting dangerous pathogens / Antimicrobial resistance
  • Women's economic empowerment
  • Supression of corruption
  • Migration and refugee flows
  • Counter-terrorism

In the lead up to the G20 summit, G20 ministers convened for a series of preparatory meetings to discuss issues relating to finance, foreign affairs, labor, agriculture, and health. Many of these meetings concluded with a statement – or communiqué – outlining commitments, recommendations, and areas of suggested action. The following meetings took place in the build up to the Hamburg summit:

  • Published on January 22, the G20 agriculture ministers’ declaration and action plan underscore the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implementation of the Paris Agreement in order to provide for a growing global population. The documents outline the need to improve efficiency and sustainability of water resources and increase resilience to water-related risks. They also recognize the contribution that research collaboration, innovation, information communication technologies (ICT), the Agricultural Marketing Information Systems (AMIS), and combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will make to ensuring food and water security.

  • Following their meeting on March 17-18 in Baden-Baden, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors issued a communiqué that highlights the importance of strong, sustained, balanced, and inclusive growth; enhancing financial and economic resilience; and creating policies to enable this. Integral to this is the maintenance of an open and resilient financial system and the strengthening of the international financial architecture. The communiqué also calls for deepened international financial cooperation with Africa.

  • After their May 19-20 summit, G20 health ministers published the Berlin Declaration, promoting health as key to the achievement of the G20's common goals and as a valuable resource for building a sustainable future. The declaration takes a three-strand approach to building strong, sustainable, and resilient health systems through management of global health crises, strengthening of health systems, and creation of responses to antimicrobial resistance.

The summit also provided avenues for dialogue with civil society. Through a series of forums, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with civil society representatives organized into engagement groups in the areas of business (B20), non-governmental organizations (C20), trade unions (L20), the science and research community (S20), think tanks (T20), women (W20), and youth (Y20).

  • Released at the conclusion of the W20 Summit in Berlin on April 26, the W20 communique underscores the pivotal role that women's economic empower plays in achieving the G20 goal of inclusive and sustainable development, with a particular focus on gender analysis and budgeting, progress towards '25 by 25', increasing the role of women entrepreneurs in the global value chain, and enhancing digital inclusion.

  • The B20 published Policy Recommendations to the G20 following their May 2-3 summit in Berlin. The B20 encouraged G20 governments to take a number of actions including the promotion of open and inclusive labor markets and trade systems; facilitation of SME participation; stemming of climate change; and creation of a global level playing field for businesses.

For more details on these forums, as well as the myriad ministerial and other preparatory meetings preceding the Hamburg Summit, check out our 2017 G20 Calendar.

Online Resources 

2017 G20 Calendar - The U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance has created a schedule of 2017 G20 events, along with additional background information.

2017 G20 Policy Paper - The U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance has composed a policy paper detailing its recommendations for the summit.