Monday, May 14, 2012
Working Group Concludes Preparatory Meeting for June 18-19 Leaders' Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico
- The meeting ended successfully; a report including the group's recommendations will be
presented at the Leaders' Summit in June.
group will work to ensure that their recommendations have an impact on reducing poverty and promoting sustainable growth in
The G20 Development Working
Group (DWG) met for the third time under the Mexican presidency in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, on May 3-5.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the G20 member countries, the invited countries
(Chile, Colombia, Spain, Sweden, Benin and Cambodia) and international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank
(WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD).
During 12 working sessions, the DWG
reviewed the work done over the course of this year and drafted a report that will be presented by the Sherpas to the G20
leaders at the Los Cabos Summit in June.
This report highlights the work
done during the Mexican presidency on the priorities proposed by Mexico (including green growth, food security and infrastructure),
and in other areas that have been on the group's agenda since 2010.
inclusive green growth, the group decided on a set of instruments that will assist the developing countries, particularly
the lower-income ones, to implement public policies that lead to sustainable development. It also laid the foundation for
a program that will provide better access to private capital to finance "green" policies.
In food security, progress was made on important initiatives such as ways to encourage private sector investment
to benefit the most vulnerable countries. It was also decided to consider implementing public policies to improve the productivity
of small farmers in developing countries.
On the issue of infrastructure,
a Mexican initiative on a set of best practices in developing sustainable urban mass transport was approved.
In other areas, the group agreed on platforms for sharing knowledge on tropical agriculture,
social protection programs and job skills. These platforms will enable countries like Mexico to share, easily and in a timely
fashion, their experiences and successful programs with less-developed countries worldwide.
The group held two substantive dialogues with the private sector and civil society representatives, focusing on issues
of mutual interest in development. In the first meeting, Mexican businessman Alejandro Ramirez, president of the Business20
(B20) Organizing Committee, presented the recommendations of the B20 on green growth and food security, which led to an exchange
of ideas on the contributions of the global business sector to the development agenda. At the second meeting, representatives
from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations, Mary Robinson and ONE Campaign shared their contributions to the work of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 8, 2012