G7/G20: Overview


The Group of Seven (G7) and Group of Twenty (G20) are international summits where leaders from the world’s advanced and emerging economies meet to discuss critical global issues. The G20 is dedicated primarily to international economic cooperation whereas the G7 focuses on a wider array of economic and political challenges.

Every year a summit is convened by one of the member countries for each of the Groups. For both the G7 and the G20, the hosting country serves as the summit lead, or summit President for that year. The host country sets the agenda and schedules the preparatory meetings and has significant influence over the priorities for the year. In 2016, the president of the G20 is China and the president of the G7 is Japan.

"G20" by Marcin. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons

"G20" by Marcin. 

G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (U.S.)

The G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance is a group of 40+ InterAction members and allies who work together to influence the annual G7 and G20 summits. The Alliance meets on an as-needed basis beginning eight to nine months prior to each summit to select policy issues to advocate, based on the summit agendas. In recent years, these issues have included anti-corruption and transparency; food security and nutrition; financial transparency and tax fairness; G7/G20 accountability; infrastructure investment; and  jobs and employment. Alliance members form policy teams who draft short briefs with three recommendations, which are then used for advocating with the White House, State Department, USAID, Department of the Treasury, and other agencies. The Alliance also has worked on common messaging for media surrounding the summits themselves. Learn more. 

What's New
  • The U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance has composed a policy paper detailing its recommendations for the 2015 G20 Summit. 
  • On Tuesday, November 10, InterAction hosted a special press telebriefing featuring experts from several leading NGOs on what steps G20 leaders should take to address the historic crisis in Syria. The speakers discussed the need for a political solution to the conflict in Syria; explored the current state of refugee relief efforts; and shared key insights gained by the NGO community from on-the-ground efforts to aid Syrian refugees in Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East. Listen to the conversation.