Through the C20, civil society organisations from around the world engage with G20 governments on the key issues facing our world today. The C20 steering committee supports civil society to get its messages across more effectively by acting as an interface with G20 decision-makers.

We aim to do this by:

  1. Building a common agenda for civil society influencing.
  2. Developing joint policy recommendations for the G20.
  3. Bringing civil society representatives together with G20 decision-makers to promote these recommendations.

If you’re interested in taking part in this process, please visit the Get Involved section of this website for more information. 

The process

Here’s a more detailed outline of how the C20 is working to shape the G20’s agenda in 2015:

  • The C20 Priorities for 2015 (inclusive growth, sustainability, gender equality and governance) were decided through a participatory online consultation process, which asked civil society representatives from around the world to vote for the issues they wanted to see on the agenda. In just 7 weeks, 1,169 people from 90 countries, representing 388 organisations, took part. You can read more about this survey and how it was used to determine these priorities, here.
  • Following agreement on this collective agenda, 4 C20 Working Groups corresponding to the C20 priorities were convened. These groups, made up of 65 members spanning 11 countries, with outreach capacity to approximately 10,000 civil society networks around the world, have worked together over the last year to consult and develop detailed C20 policy positions and recommendations. It is estimated that over 5,000 individuals have directly contributed to this process.
  • In August 2015, the C20 published its final C20 Policy Papers on each priority issue.
  • The C20 Summit 2015 took place on 15th and 16th September 2015 at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. The summit, which brought together 500+ civil society delegates from 52 countries, was the climax of the C20’s policy consultation and development process. During the summit, participants had the chance to contribute directly to the drafting of the C20 Communiqué.
  • The C20 Communiqué 2015 was endorsed by all participants at the C20 Summit. It was then officially handed over to representatives of the 2015 G20 Presidency.
  • Ahead of the 2015 G20 Leaders’ Summit, which will take place in Antalya, Turkey on 15th and 16th November 2015, the C20 aims to continue its broad-based and collaborative approach to disseminate civil society’s collective recommendations to key decision makers.

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If you’re interested in getting involved in this process, please check out our Get Involved page for more details.

Guiding principles

The following principles have guided the C20 Turkey over the past 18 months:

  • Participation: This means we will seek to engage as many people and organisations as possible throughout the process, by making participation as accessible as possible.
  • Inclusiveness: You don’t have to be from a particular organisation or country to take part, and you don’t have to be a policy expert to share your views. Everyone is encouraged to get involved, and we will provide support to participation where we can.
  • Accountability: The C20 works on behalf of civil society from around the world, so we are accountable to our peers and the wider public. We aim to be open and transparent about what we do and how we do it. Through this website, we describe our decision-making processes and share regular public updates.

If you’d like more information or have comments or suggestions on this process, please get in touch.