Prospects and Possibilities for Japan’s 2019 G20 Osaka Summit
A one-day international conference “Prospects and Possibilities for Japan’s 2019 G20 Osaka Summit” was held at Soka University in Tokyo on December 10, 2018.
Conference participants stressed their doubts about the capacities of the G20 to meet contemporary global governance challenges, especially due to failures to implement previous summit commitments and the growing tensions between members.
The event brought together international and Japanese scholars, representatives from the Think20 (T20) and Women20 (W20) official G20 engagement forums, and diplomats and officials from member states and international organizations. Panel discussions focused on the G20’s role in global governance, especially since its inaugural summit in November 2008, during the global financial crisis (GFC). There were also thematic panels on the key issues of G20 economic governance, gender governance, and climate, energy, and sustainability governance. Two further sessions focused on the prospects and possibilities for Japan’s G20 Presidency.
The conference was organized by the Soka University Peace Research Institute, in collaboration with the G20 Research Group of the University of Toronto; Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University; and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).
Dr. Elizaveta Safonkina, Researcher of the RANEPA Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) shared with the participants the outcomes of a long-term research project with assessment of the G20 effectiveness on the basis of monitoring of compliance with the summits` decisions implemented in partnership with the G20 Research Group of the University of Toronto.
The G20 Leaders` summit is scheduled to be held in Osaka on 28-29 June 2019.
Information at the German Development Institute official web-site