G20 Development Working Group prepares documents for consideration at the Leaders’ Summit
The third meeting of the G20 Development Working Group (DWG) under the Argentinian presidency in the fora was held in Buenos Aires on 27-28 September 2018. The event was attended by delegates of G20 member countries, guest countries and international organizations.
The discussion focused on early childhood development, sustainable habitat and inclusive business from a gender perspective as well. The participants also addressed measures to implement the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda.
The participants approved the documents to be submitted to the G20 sherpas for their consideration at the Leaders’ Summit on 30 November and 1 December 2018.
The DWG agreed on the “G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative”. The initiative underscores the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, which are key for mental and physical development, and to break the cycle of structural poverty and inequality. With respect to inclusive business participants approved the “G20 Call on Financing for Inclusive Business”. Inclusive businesses can act as vehicles for labour insertion and social inclusion by integrating those who have been left out by changes in labour markets around the world, particularly women, young people and rural communities. The DWG also worked on a document entitled “G20 High Level Principles on Sustainable Habitat through Regional Planning,” which is aimed at improving social cohesion and inclusion, promoting inclusive economic growth and creating sustainable and resilient environments. It recognizes the importance of coordinating regional policies at different governmental levels that involve civil society and the private sector, always with a gender perspective.
“In the past, development was only an issue for developing countries. Nowadays it is not. Even in the most advanced countries, people are suffering from some lack of development,” said Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s G20 Sherpa.
Santiago Sueiro, the group’s chair, said: “We believe that through dialogue we can really contribute and build consensus on new actions on different global issues. This year, the DWG is trying to lead actions that are people-centred, driving efforts for reducing inequalities.”
The Development Working Group (DWG) was created in 2010 to bolster the G20’s role in sustainable development and ensure a more robust and resilient global economy for all.
During previous presidencies, the DWG addressed issues such as infrastructure, food security, financial inclusion and global trade, among others.
Press-release at the Argentinian G20 presidency official web-site