At the G20 Antalya Summit in November 2015, the Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping announced that under its 2016 Presidency, the G20 would increase the representation and voice of emerging and developing countries in key global fora. The 2016 G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focuses on sectors and themes where the G20 has comparative advantage and can add value. The functions ascribed to the G20 Development Working Group (DWG) (Annex A of the Action Plan) provide a solid framework for G20 engagement in reforming and enhancing international cooperation and development. They highlight that the DWG acts as a forum for sustainable development dialogue between G20 members, low income and developing countries, development stakeholders, and the G20 engagement groups, thereby facilitating mutual learning and exchange of experiences and good practices.
As part of Sovereign’s work in sustainable development we fully support the view that the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will benefit considerably from the G20’s comparative advantage as a platform for multilateral development cooperation particularly through harnessing and promoting science, technology and innovation (STI).
Our policy specialization in G20 focus areas such as sustainable economic development, trade and investment, global health, innovation and the digital economy, is enhanced through our access to highly-connected networks of diverse and senior decision-makers and experts.
Under the G20 Presidency of Germany Sovereign is a member of the Think20 (T20) Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The T20 is the research and policy advice network for the G20.