The T20 Argentina kicks off
Chaired by CIPPEC and CARI, a new round of the Think 20 (T20) to produce public policy proposals for the Argentine presidency of the G20 kicks off. The forum will draft proposals with the help of its 10 Task Forces on priority issues for the G20 and its members.
CARI and CIPPEC will lead the open and independent network of think tanks through November 30, 2018, when the Japanese presidency commences. The primary challenge will be to provide continuity with the work carried out during the German presidency, while at the same time taking on new issues that are of regional and international importance.
“In an international context of a world in disorder, contributions from civil society to T20 must be concrete for the population’s well-being”, highlighted CARI’s Executive Director, José María Lladós. He added: “Climate change, migration, food supply are topics that deserve a follow up, while the future of work and the role of education are the main challenges, that need sharp strategies to be addressed, and where T20 deserves being a sounding board of it.”
For the Argentine organizations, the task is “a great responsibility given the international context and the legacy left by Germany” according to Julia Pomares, CIPPEC’s Executive Director. She added that “we’d like to include some new issues like education and a gender perspective” and to “send clear messages to the public: we’ve got to be part of that and not distant from public debate.”
During the Argentine presidency, the forum will draft proposals with the help of its 10 Task Forces on priority issues for the G20 and its members. These proposals will be published as public policy documents and further discussed at the T20 summit, which will be held in Buenos Aires from the 16th to the 18th of September. After the summit recommendations will be made to the Argentine presidency of the G20.
The working groups will address the following topics:
Task Force 1: The Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age. New technology and constant innovation in the ways production is organized will create opportunities for new and better jobs but are also a threat to certain sectors and activities. This group will try to answer which public policies can be adopted by states and the role that education has in this scenario.
Task Force 2: Climate Action and Infrastructure for Development. This task force will focus on how to promote investment in infrastructure to stimulate production and renewable energy sources. It will also develop recommendations to stimulate the green economy.
Task Force 3: Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture. The group will debate how to improve production systems and food security for the global population in order to satisfy demand and reduce inequalities. It will examine agricultural practices that ensure sustainable management of natural resources.
Task Force 4: Gender Economic Equity. This group will generate evidence-based proposals to promote women’s economic rights, and in particular to reduce the gender gap in the labour market. Emphasis will be placed on the potential for G20 members to promote gender equity.
Task Force 5: Cooperation with Africa. The objective is to coordinate the G20’s cooperation efforts with Africa, strengthen the commitment by members of the G20 with its African Union Agenda 2063 and to explore public policy options to promote sustainable growth throughout the continent.
Task Force 6: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Focusing on strategies to monitor the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, the group will also look for mechanisms to promote their implementation in G20 countries.
Task Force 7: Trade, Investment and Tax Cooperation. This task force will examine how to develop a system of trade based on clear rules that provides greater benefits to the economy while also providing tools to those disadvantaged by globalization. Further, it will produce recommendations to make progress on the G20’s tax agenda.
Task Force 8: Social Cohesion, Global Governance and the Future of Politics. This group’s work has as its objective to reduce the risks of political and social crises and to generate a more united, just and inclusive society. To do so, it will do its search for effective measures to reduce the negative effects of globalization and will explore the necessary innovations to improve global governance and to respond to the challenges facing political institutions.
Task Force 9: An International Financial Architecture for Stability and Development. Tackling issues of the design and improvement of the architecture of the international financial systems, this group will also make recommendations on monetary policy for developing and developed countries.
Task Force 10: Migration. This group will evaluate each country’s experience with regard to migration flows, including forced migration, which is caused by economic and demographic factors.
In 2017, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy were responsible for the management of the T20. CARI and CIPPEC participated actively in the dialogue and in the meetings throughout the year. As a result, a document entitled “20 Solutions for the G20” was submitted to the G20. The brief focused on monitoring the progress of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and inclusive development.